Users of the Facebook app for iOS have detected a problem with the application: The app opens the camera app of the smartphone in the background without asking the user. Facebook has announced in a statement that this is a mistake.
The bug was discovered in version 264 of the Facebook app for iOS and causes concern among the users. When viewing content in the Facebook app, users noticed that the app's window sometimes moved slightly to the right and the opened camera app was visible in the background. Subsequently, some of the affected users posted corresponding videos of the problem on Twitter.
Facebook app on iOS 13.2.2 opens my phone's rear camera when I open a profile photo swipe down to return (look at the little slit on the left of the video). Is this an app bug or an iOS bug ?? @facebook @AppleSupport pic.twitter.com/WlhSXZulqx
– Daryl Lasafin (@dzlasafin) November 10, 2019
However, this behavior of the Facebook app is not intended. Facebook confirmed that this was a bug specifically in version 264 for iOS 13.2.2 released on November 8th. The error crept in with the change from version 244 to 246, as Facebook wanted to eliminate a problem with the landscape mode.
244 of the Facebook iOS app would incorrectly launch in landscape mode. In fixing that issue last week in v246 (launched on November 8th) we have inadvertently introduced a bug that caused the app to partially navigate to the camera. We have seen no evidence of photos or videos being uploaded due to this bug. We're submitting the fix for this to Apple today.
The problem should have already been resolved with a new version of the app. Contrary to quickly become loud assumptions that thereby user data should be collected, Facebook reports that no data of the users were recorded. The camera was always in preview mode and did not take pictures.