iPhone bug shows Facebook app accessing the camera while scrolling through videos and...

nanoguy

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Recently, several Facebook users noticed the app is opening the camera while they're scrolling through their feeds. Many of them took to platforms like Twitter and Reddit to report their findings.

A common description of the problem seems to be that the app opens up the camera mode while users watch videos or are looking at the newsfeed. Some experience the issue when they switch to fullscreen mode, which seems to call the camera view on the screen for a brief moment.

The earliest case of this was noticed over a week ago by someone who found that rotating the screen would also bring up the Story UI. The issue seems to affect iPhone users running iOS 13.2.2, which fixed a bug that killed background apps too aggressively.

Given Facebook's poor track record protecting user privacy, some consider this to be yet another reason to leave the platform. Guy Rosen, vice president of safety and integrity at Facebook, acknowledged there is indeed a bug where the app "partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped." The company has already submitted a fix to the App Store, and says it found no evidence the bug could lead to photos or videos being uploaded in the background.

The news comes just as the social giant revealed its own payment service that works with Messenger and Facebook, with plans to extend the functionality to WhatsApp and Instagram.

It's worth noting that Facebook has been making efforts to improve the app by allowing users to remove some of the visual clutter from the navigation bar. That said, iOS 13 now shows users just how hungry it is for their location data, so the company still has a lot to do if it wants to regain user trust.

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psycros

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They will never give up until the punishments are seriously impacting their profits. This is clearly an algorithm trying to analyze facial expressions to gauge interest levels in whatever you're reading. We know this because FB admitted its worked on exactly this kind of system, just like Google and all the rest of these scumbags.
 

GregonMaui

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Be nice if you would explain how this is an iPhone bug as the title states. It sounds like a facebook app problem, which just happens to be discovered on an iphone
 
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0dium

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They will never give up until the punishments are seriously impacting their profits. This is clearly an algorithm trying to analyze facial expressions to gauge interest levels in whatever you're reading. We know this because FB admitted its worked on exactly this kind of system, just like Google and all the rest of these scumbags.
Do your expressions change a lot while you're scrolling the feed? They wouldn't gain much information from my PokerFace.