Multiple iPhone users have reported a bug in Facebook’s iOS app that activates the camera in the background while users access the app. The bug only impacted the users running iOS 13.
The bug activates the tear camera once a user opens a photo or video in fullscreen within the Facebook app. On closing the media or swiping it offscreen, the Facebook app interface shifts itself to the right of the screen keeping the back camera open in the background.
Facebook has now acknowledged the issue and noted that it was a bug, which was inadvertently introduced in version 246 of Facebook’s iOS app. A new version (247) of the app with the fix has been released in the App Store. Users can download the latest version from the App Store.
Facebook Vice President of Integrity, tweeted, “We’ve confirmed that we didn’t upload anything to FB due to this bug and that the camera didn’t capture anything since it was in preview mode.”
Update: We've confirmed that we didn't upload anything to FB due to this bug and that the camera didn’t capture anything since it was in preview mode. We’ve submitted a fixed version to the App Store which is already rolling out.
— Guy Rosen (@guyro) November 12, 2019