Facebook finally fixes bug that opens camera while using app

Facebook announced update to fix bug that opens camera while using the app.Facebook announced update to fix bug that opens camera while using the app. Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Facebook has finally fixed the bug that accidentally opens the camera of the users and runs it in the background as users scroll through the popular social media application. The tech giant said that the problem had been fixed in an updated version of the app, which can now be downloaded in the App Store. 

A few days ago, Z6Mag reported about the unusual behaviour of the Facebook app in phones running on iOS 13.2.2 operating system. It follows the multiple reported incidents on Twitter, where users are baffled about why the Facebook app is opening their camera when they access several photos in the platform. 

On November 12, Facebook said that they are submitting the fixes to Apple so that it can be made available for download to those who are experiencing the problem. It was then confirmed the day after that the update is now live and is available for download. 

The Verge’s Jay Peters confirmed the fixes in his article and said that he was able to test the update. “I’ve downloaded the update to my iPhone 11 Pro, and I can’t get the camera to activate in either of the scenarios that were reported accidentally — but I also couldn’t get it to activate yesterday, so I can’t personally confirm that the issues are fixed,” he penned. 

The bug 

Three days ago, a Twitter user named Daryl Lasafin posted in his account an unusual behaviour that he sees in his Facebook app. He confirmed that he was using an iPhone and it runs on the latest version of iOS, the 13.2.2. 

“Facebook app on iOS 13.2.2 opens my phone’s rear camera when I open a profile photo and swipe down to return (look at the little slot on the left of the video). Is this an app bug or an iOS bug?” Lasafin wrote on his Twitter post. 

The Facebook app was seen as though it is opening the rear camera every time a user opens a picture using the Facebook app. Lasafin said that he also tried disabling the authorization for Facebook to access his camera, but the bug still persisted through a black slit in place of where the camera used to appear. 

Another user, Joshua Maddux, reported the same problem. For Maddux, he believes that the problem is proof that Facebook is accessing user data without their consent. 

“It’s how Facebook accesses your camera and microphone… This is proof that they are accessing your back camera. They may also be accessing the front camera. If they [Facebook] process that through a facial recognition [system], they could see your actual reaction to posts,” he wrote in a Tweet. 

Now that Facebook has confirmed that they have fixed the bug, we can now be certain that it is a bug on the Facebook app and not in the highly controversial iOS 13.2.2, which has already released at least eight updates since it was launched in September. 

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