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Facebook Said It Gave a Third Party App Too Much Access To User Photos

Another day, another bug reported from Facebook. On Friday, the social platform said that it discovered a bug in its photo application programming interface (API) that allowed third-party apps to access a broader set of photos than usually permitted. Users who allowed third-party apps access to their photos may have been affected. The bug was caused by an error in a code update for the photo API and may have impacted up to 6.8 million users in total. Facebook said it immediately began investigating the issue. Once it was discovered and notified, the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) concluded the reportable breach under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company said in a blog post that photo access was only available from September 13 to September 25, 2018. The bug also impacted photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post. “For example, if someone uploads a photo to Facebook but doesn’t finish posting it – maybe because they’ve lost reception...

Arriana McLymore

Dec 14, 2018

Facebook Removed Former Exec’s Post Criticizing The Company’s Diversity

After posting an article criticizing Facebook’s lack of diversity and treatment of black users, the company’s former partnerships manager Mark Luckie received a notification saying that his post had been removed. “Facebook has a black people problem,” Luckie said in his memo. The memo was originally sent as an internal email to each Facebook employee and later published on the platform. Luckie told AfroTech he was caught off-guard when he received the notification and that he was able to laugh at the irony of the situation. “I was experiencing some of the same issues I was helping Black influencers with,” Luckie said. “Users are at the mercy of Facebook.” “Mark Luckie’s post does not violate our Community Standards and is available on our site,” Facebook spokesperson Anthony Harrison said. “We are looking into what happened.” The post has since been put back on the website, but its removal emphasizes one of Luckie’s key points. “Black people are finding that their attempts to create...

Arriana McLymore

Dec 5, 2018