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Facebook’s latest leak exposed private photos of 6.8 million users

US top social media network Facebook admitted that about 6.8 million users may risk their private photos being exposed to third-party apps. The company on Friday said more than 1,500 apps built by 876 developers may have also been affected by the bug that exposed users’ unshared photos during a 12-day-period from Sept. 13 to Sept 25.

Facebook said it has fixed the breach and will roll out next week “tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug.” The bug allowed those apps to see pictures of Facebook users that they were not granted access to.

Facebook said it will give its users notification about the possible exposure of their private photos, and that it will be working with developers to delete those copies of photos from impacted users. The disclosure is another example of Facebook’s failure to properly protect users’ privacy that may draw more criticism of its privacy policy.

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