Earlier this week it was revealed that Facebook for iOS had a bug in which for some reason, activated the user’s camera behind the scenes without their knowledge. Given the various conspiracy theories about Facebook spying on users and listening to them through their microphones, it certainly did not do the company any favors.
However, the good news for iOS users is that on Wednesday, Facebook has since issued an update for its app on iOS devices that effectively patches the problem for good. The patch was said to have been submitted to Apple for approval on Tuesday, not long after the issue was reported, and was then released on Wednesday.
If you’re an iOS user who has yet to officially update their Facebook app, then you should go ahead and do so. We’re not sure if any information might have been transmitted during that time, but Facebook claims that this was a bug. That being said, Facebook has undergone numerous privacy-related scandals in recent years, so like we said, this issue is certainly not doing them any favors. In fact, we imagine that it gives its critics even more ammunition against them.
If you’ve yet to update your Facebook app, you can check out our guide here on how to update apps in iOS 13.