Facebook reports bug that may have affected 6.8 million users

Facebook blames bug for exposing

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The company was fielding questions about its data-sharing practices and teaching users how to understand its new privacy controls. It has already prompted European regulators to investigate - and brought fresh calls for the company to be fined. During that time, the company says, third-party apps may have had access to more users' photos than they were meant to, including pics that may have been uploaded to Facebook but never posted.

Users' photos were exposed over a 12 day period in September, the blog post said. This refers to photos that a user started to post, but ultimately deleted before it was available publicly as the website hangs on to photo drafts.

They are also recommending that people log into any apps with which they have shared their Facebook photos to check which images they have access to.

Friday's revelation quick drew sharp rebukes from privacy advocates.

When you grant access to a third party app via Facebook, or login into a third party account with Facebook, the access given is limited to the information available on the Facebook account only. "It's like a provider sending draft emails".

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The Silicon Valley behemoth has admitted that hackers had accessed the data of 29 million of its users in September. A spokesman for the FTC declined to comment.

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Facebook and its leadership are coming under intense scrutiny at the moment amid ongoing concern about the tech giant's handling of user data. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) echoed in a tweet Friday.

It's not clear when Facebook discovered the breach, or how it was repaired.

"We´re sorry this happened", he said.

Facebook said it will notify people potentially impacted by the bug.

"Even if people don't trust Facebook, as long as the value that the service provides is worth more than the cost of the privacy violations, then that may be a trade-off most people are willing to make", Elliott said. It feels like the company is just on a downward slope it cant' get off. Google came under fire for failing to disclose the bug, but many experts felt that the disclosure should not have been required since there wasn't clear evidence of stolen data.

Facebook users can learn whether their photos were involved in the bug by visiting a page on Facebook's help site. Once the company releases a list, you can check which of the third party apps you use.

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