A bug in the Facebook iOS app suggests that the social network may be spying on users through the iPhone camera. A video that circulated on networks last Sunday (10) shows that the cell phone camera is secretly activated in the background while the person uses the app and browses the feed.
The behavior has been confirmed in tests conducted by our writing on an iPhone 7, as well as various specialized vehicles. The problem is evident in the Apple system only from iOS 13.2.2, released last Thursday (7). THE TechTudo contacted a Facebook advisor, who said she was checking the case internally.
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It is not yet known if the camera opens due to a flaw in iOS or if the social networking application has always accessed the images captured by the phone and has just been discovered. Tests conducted by the portal The Next Web indicate that this could be the second option: according to the site, Facebook would be actively requesting permission from the operating system to use the smartphone camera in the background.
In the video that emerged on social networks, the user Joshua Maddux shows that it is necessary to perform some specific actions to reproduce the bug. First, he scrolls the feed and accesses a page on the social network. Then open the profile photo of the fanpage and slides the image down slightly. From there, the app's background, which should show only the feed, displays the live image from the iPhone camera on the left side of the screen.
Users can protect themselves by accessing the privacy settings in the "Settings" section and revoking the camera permission to Facebook. The bug cannot be reproduced in older versions of Apple's system, such as iOS 12 or iOS 13.1.3. THE TechTudo Also failed to verify the problem on a Galaxy S8 running Android 9 (Pie), and there is no indication that it occurs on Android 10 or other versions of Google operating system.