2018 was a very dark year for Facebook. While the pioneer of social networks seeks to maintain a family friendly image, many scandals have tarnished it’s reputation.
Already pointed out in 2017 for its inability to regulate the flow of false information during the American presidential election campaign, several revelations have shown that Facebook did not so well to protect our data as the social media website suggests.
Despite Facebook’s apparent attempts to regain the trust of its users and affirm its commitment to privacy, this latest discovery reveals the systematic failure of the company and Silicon Valley in general to protect consumer data. As a former Facebook customer, I understand the need for a company to earn money to provide free services. But this new abuse of rights suggests that things have gone too far. That’s why I deleted my Facebook account.
The leading social network revealed a new major flaw on December 14. The photos of nearly 7 million users were exposed due to a technical problem with the authorizations granted to particular applications.
Facebook revealed on Friday that a security breach exposed photos posted on the social network by nearly 7 million users for about ten days in September. The breach corrected after twelve days made available pictures of users who had granted specific authorizations to one or more of the 1,500 applications concerned.
Because of the bug, users who agreed to share their profile photos also unknowingly agreed to forward the images published in their stories, those posted on the Marketplace and those they started uploading to the social network without ever publishing them.
Facebook has started to notify the users concerned. The company has also posted an information notice online about this security breach to find out directly if you are one of the 6.8 million victims of this new data leak. If not, you should see the following message appear: “Your Facebook account has not been affected by this problem and the applications you are using did not have access to your other photos.”
Facebook will also soon provide developers with the tools to determine which users of their applications are affected by the problem to remediate the issue by deleting* photos sent by mistake. An investigation has been opened by the Irish authorities to verify whether the social network has failed to comply with its obligations to protect the data of its European users.