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Technology Facebook bug has camera activated while people are using the app

18:00  12 november  2019
18:00  12 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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a close up of a street: Facebook users are finding an issue where their cameras are activated in the background. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Facebook users are finding an issue where their cameras are activated in the background. Angela Lang/CNET

The issue came to light with several posts on Twitter, showing that their cameras were activated behind Facebook's app as they were watching videos or looking at photos on the social network.

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After clicking on the video to full screen, returning it back to normal would create a bug where Facebook's mobile layout was slightly shifted to the right. With the open space on the left, you could now see the phone's camera activated in the background.

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iPhone owners, you might want to lay off Facebook for a while , because it looks like the app is actively using your smartphone camera while you're browsing through your feed. "I will note that iPhones running iOS 12 don't show the camera (not to say that it's not being used )," he said.

This was documented in multiple cases, with the earliest incident on November 2.

It's since been tweeted about two other times, and CNET has also been able to replicate the issue. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Daryl Lasafin, the creative director of marketing agency Dame Digital in the Philippines, said he dismissed the issue when he first noticed it on Sunday morning, thinking it was a minor glitch. Then, as he continued using Facebook's app throughout the day, he couldn't help but keep noticing his camera activated in the background.

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The bug only seems to be present on iPhones running iOS 13.2.2 as users were not able to replicate it on devices running iOS 13.1.3. Some users running iOS 12 have also found the camera app active while using the Facebook app . It is unclear as to how long this bug has existed and whether this

The app is shown to be using the camera on the iPhone while the user is browsing the app , even if they are Posted to Twitter by Joshua Maddux and reported by The Next Web, opening a photo in the iOS app and swiping down will show a sliver of a live camera feed on the left-hand side of the display.

a close up of a cell phone: Facebook users are finding an issue where their cameras are activated in the background. © CNET

Facebook users are finding an issue where their cameras are activated in the background.

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Facebook has such a reputation when it comes to privacy and security that users have been assuming that the app is actually recording something in the background using the camera . While we don't disagree about Facebook 's disregard for user privacy, in this instance it seems to be a bug .

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"I thought it was just my phone or the app acting up," Lasafin said in a direct message. "Then I observed it became more persistent that evening."

He tried troubleshooting it himself, uninstalling and reinstalling the app, as well as removing Facebook's access to the camera. The camera still popped up after all that, but after he revoked permissions from Facebook, it was just a black screen, Lasafin said.

The bug appears to only affect the latest iOS versions, as it did not happen on Android devices. The Next Web reported that the bug did not appear on iOS 12.

The active camera comes as a major privacy concern for Facebook, a company that paid a record $5 billion fine for failing to protect people's data. Facebook's track record with privacy is not great for the massive social network, which earned $17.65 billion so far in 2019.

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The camera concern hits a nerve with Facebook, which is embroiled in multiple privacy issues. Facebook's reputation on privacy is so worrying that many people still believe that the social network is secretly recording people through their microphones.

Facebook's camera bug doesn't do the company any favors in dispelling that myth. While Facebook's app users do give the company permission to use their camera and microphone, there's absolutely no reason it needs to be activated while a person is simply scrolling through the feed or watching a video.

"I gave the Facebook app permission to access my camera to fully use the My Day / Stories feature and upload photos and videos as status," Lasafin said. "But at the time, evidently, I wasn't using the app for anything that requires camera access."

He said he's since deleted Facebook's app, out of privacy concerns with the company. He's not sure if he'll reinstall the app once the issue is addressed.

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