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New bug allowed apps to access private photos of up to 6.8 million users -- Facebook

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (KUNA)-- Facebook on Friday disclosed another security breech as a major software bug exposed photos from up to 6.8 million users using third-party apps, including images that people began uploading to the site but did not post publicly.
Because of a bug, about 1,500 apps could access "a broader set of photos than usual," Facebook explained in a blog post.
In general, Facebook allows apps by third-party developers to access photos shared on a user's timeline. But the bug may have allowed developers to access photos on Marketplace, a Facebook hub for users to buy and sell goods, and some posted in Stories, where users can share short photo or video updates that appear for 24 hours.
"We're sorry this happened," Facebook said in its blog post.
"Early next week we will be rolling out tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug. We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users," it added. (end) rsr.ibi