Facebook said it fixed a programming bug that could have exposed private photos of up to 6.8 million users in the latest of a number of drawbacks that have led regulators around the world to investigate the privacy practices of the popular network Social.
The crash allowed about 1,500 applications to access private photos for 12 days, up to 25 September, according to Facebook. This affected users who gave permission for third-party applications to access your photos.
"Sorry this happened", said the company in a blog intended for developers who create applications for its platform. The problem is the latest in a series of security and privacy breaches that have prompted user complaints and led to investigations by regulators and lawmakers.
The most resounding was the huge scandal related to the Cambridge Analytica consulting and a security breach that affected almost 30 million Facebook users.
The company said it would send an alert through its page to notify users whose photos may have been exposed by the most recent error. The alert will direct you to a link where you can see if they've used an app that has the wrong permission to access private photos.
The a priori incident appears to be relatively small, but may lead European regulators to start researching on Facebook, said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research. "We already have a lot of evidence to reinforce the idea that Facebook is careless," he said.
George Salmon, an analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said new bug reports and infractions increase the likelihood that governments will impose new regulations on Facebook's business practices.