Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Reset the “days since the last Facebook privacy scandal” counter, as a Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers too much access to the photos of up to 5.6 million users. The b...

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Roger McNamee
Author of “Zucked” at Elevation Partners

These bugs are the product of a design methodology that optimizes the elimination of friction over the needs of users. We will continue to see security compromises and other failures until regulators force radical changes to the business model of FB and Google.

Jing Cao

This to me shows the importance of government oversight on days privacy: “However, Facebook tells me it notified the IDPC that oversees GDPR on November 22nd, as soon as it established the bug was considered a reportable breach under GDPR guidelines.”

Would Facebook have even made this public if GDPR didn’t exist?

James Cakmak
Entrepreneur | Tech Analyst

This is precisely why the tech successes of tomorrow will be the ones that place privacy and the protection of personal information front and center. The internal incentives of today’s tech giants are simply not aligned with the incentives of users, since the exploitation of user information is the primary product — Read: Facebook and Google.

In the meantime, for all the Apple naysayers today, no tech company prioritizes privacy with their products as much as them. So when making excuses for slowing iPhone growth, think about what phone you will buy next. And importantly at what price. It will likely be yet again another iPhone and likely at a higher price. Privacy protection is the best form of ecosystem lock-in for the next paradigm.

Lindsey Avena

Why do people still use Facebook? Privacy is still important, even if technology interferes with it regularly. There is absolutely no reason for Facebook to be holding onto photos users never even shared. Stories should be expired once they expire. I mean, yeah, that’s great that stuff people send on Messenger is safe, but what good is Facebook if there is no sense of security outside of that? This sucks.

Helen Hoefele
Blogger at HelenHoefele.com

This part is particularly suspicious to me: "Facebook discovered the bug on September 25th, the same day as its 30 million user breach". What a coincidence, not. This, combined with the huge dodging delay of reporting the breach (by a company that can easily afford to pay any related fines) only reaffirms my lack of faith in this social media company. By the time I finally pull the plug on my account, there may be nothing left in my account that hasn't already been compromised. I wonder if social media will even still be a thing 20 to 50 years from now...though those made rich by it won't even need to care anymore by then.