Facebook Bug Quietly Turns On Camera When Users Browse Through The App
By Yimin Huang, 13 Nov 2019
Many Facebook users have found that their iPhone cameras were somehow activated in the background when they were scrolling through the app. They highlighted the problem by posting the evidence on Twitter.
The bizarre incident was documented several times, with the earliest post on 2 November. Apparently, after users clicked on Facebook videos to full screen, getting out of the full screen mode would trigger a bug.
The Facebook layout would be shifted to the right, revealing an open space on the left showing the phone’s camera open, according to CNET.
Guy Rosen, Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity, has acknowledged on Twitter this Tuesday that the error is likely due to a bug, and that relevant authorities are investigating the matter.
He added that no one had any photographs or videos uploaded due to the error, noting that nothing was “captured” as the camera was in preview mode. Rosen also announced that a “fixed version” of the app has been released to the App store.
Daryl Lasafin, the creative director of marketing agency Dame Digital, also gave his account of the incident to CNET. According to him, he initially dismissed the problem as a minor glitch, but later tried “uninstalling” and “reinstalling” the app, even cutting Facebook’s access to the camera. It did not resolve the issue, but the camera background turned into a black screen after that.
The bug was only found to impact the latest iOS versions, and Android devices did not observe any abnormalities. It also did not affect iOS 12, as stated in The Next Web.
Today, while watching a video on @facebook, I rotated to landscape and could see the Facebook/Instagram Story UI for a split second. When rotating back to portrait, the Story camera/UI opened entirely. A little worrying... pic.twitter.com/7lVHHGedGf— Neo QA (@neo_qa) November 2, 2019
Facebook app on iOS 13.2.2 opens my phone’s rear camera when I open a profile photo swipe down to return (look at the little slit on the left of the video). Is this an app bug or an iOS bug?? @facebook @AppleSupport pic.twitter.com/WlhSXZulqx— Daryl Lasafin (@dzlasafin) November 10, 2019
Thanks for flagging this. This sounds like a bug, we are looking into it.— Guy Rosen (@guyro) November 12, 2019
We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape. In fixing that last week in v246 we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this.— Guy Rosen (@guyro) November 12, 2019
Wanted to let you know that we've shipped the fix to App Store and are waiting for it to be approved. Team is still digging into details including about the state of the camera after the bug is first triggered (which relates to your Q), expect to be able to update you later today— Guy Rosen (@guyro) November 12, 2019
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