Few hours ago, Facebook’s iOS app on Apple iPhone was opening your camera app on the background without your consent. Anyways, Facebook has submitted a fix to Apple.
Without the user’s knowledge, Facebook app for iOS activates iPhone camera at the background as you scroll through your feed. It has been identified as a bug, and Facebook has submitted a fix address to Apple.
An iPhone user, Joshua Maddux reported the active bug video on his Twitter handle as he scrolls through his feed, where you explained the unusual behavior:
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
It was pointed out as a bug that displays the camera feed in a tiny sliver on the left side of your screen. It automatically switch on when a photo is opened in the app and swipe down.
In another scenario via CNET, the camera UI for Facebook Stories briefly appeared behind a video when they flipped their phone from portrait to landscape. Then, when they flipped it back, the app opened directly to the Stories camera.
Today, while watching a video on @facebook, I rotated to landscape and could see the Facebook/Instagram Story UI for a split second. When rotating back to portrait, the Story camera/UI opened entirely. A little worrying… pic.twitter.com/7lVHHGedGf
— Neo QA (@neo_qa) November 2, 2019
Josuha also pointed out that bug was found inside five iPhones running on iOS 13.2.2, but not on iPhone with iOS 12. He said “I will note that iPhones running iOS 12 don’t show the camera (not to say that it’s not being used),”
The affected bug was accidentally introduced in an app update released on November 8th.
Amidst the fear, and since there is a submitted fix already, you don’t have to revoke the Facebook’s app for iPhone camera access.