Earlier this week it was discovered the Facebook iOS app would activate your iPhone camera in the background for some users without them knowing, causing a privacy violation.
The company told The Verge at the time, “we have seen no evidence of photos or videos being uploaded due to this bug.”
Found a @facebook #security & #privacy issue. When the app is open it actively uses the camera. I found a bug in the app that lets you see the camera open behind your feed. Note that I had the camera pointed at the carpet. pic.twitter.com/B8b9oE1nbl
— Joshua Maddux (@JoshuaMaddux) November 10, 2019
Facebook said a fix would be released in the App Store and it arrived yesterday, according to a statement to The Verge. I guess if you’re an avid Facebook user, this comes as good news. Apple should introduce a notification in the status bar to let users know when apps that are actively using your camera.
Click here to download Facebook for iOS in the App Store.