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Technology Facebook updates iOS app to fix issues that let the camera open in the background

01:57  14 november  2019
01:57  14 november  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Facebook has released an updated iOS app which it says fixes issues that let the camera activate in the background without a user’s This month, some users of Facebook ’s iOS app found that that, in at least two situations, the app appeared to be activating the camera in the background without a

However, Facebook tells The Verge that it’s submitting a fix to address these issues to Apple today. I found a bug in the app that lets you see the camera open behind your feed. Maddux says he could reproduce the issue across five different iPhones , which were all apparently running

This month, some users of Facebook’s iOS app found that that, in at least two situations, the app appeared to be activating the camera in the background without a user’s knowledge. Facebook said yesterday that it was submitting fixes for the issues to Apple, and the company tells us that, as of this morning, the updated app is now available for download on the App Store.

a close up of a logo © Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

I’ve downloaded the update to my iPhone 11 Pro, and I can’t get the camera to accidentally activate in either of the scenarios that were reported — but I also couldn’t get it to activate yesterday, so I can’t personally confirm that the issues are fixed. But if we take Facebook at its word that everything is resolved, it’s nice to see that the company acted quickly.

Facebook bug can secretly turn on your iPhone camera while you browse .
As a company beleaguered by a seemingly endless string of scandals and public relations gaffes, the last thing Facebook needs is the discovery of a bug that calls the company's commitment to privacy into question. And yet, that's exactly what happened this week. As it turns out, there's a pesky bug in Facebook's iOS app that activates the iPhone camera in the background, all without any overt indication to users. The bug was brought to light by designer Joshua Maddux who discovered that the iOS camera is sometimes called into action while a user is innocently perusing their news feed.

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