Instagram Got Rid Of The Scrolling Feed For Some Users And People Freaked Out

Instagram said it was a “bug,” but also said it was a test gone wrong. Hmmmm.

What is going on? That’s what Instagram users wanted to know Thursday morning when some people got a new version of the app that required them to tap through posts instead of scroll through them. Posts moved from right to left instead of up from the bottom of the phone screen.

People were up in arms over the change. Twitter — the service everyone uses to be outraged about things — was overflowing with angry reviews of the new update. But it seems the update will be short-lived.

“Sorry about that, this was supposed to be a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated,” Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote on Twitter. “Should already be rolled back. If you’re still seeing it you can simply restart your app and you should be good to go.”

There was some confusion with Instagram’s communications team. When asked for comment, a spokesperson told Recode that this wasn’t a test, but rather a bug.

“Due to a bug, some users saw a change to the way their feed appears today. We quickly fixed the issue and feed is back to normal. We apologize for any confusion,” a spokesperson said.

Hmmm. That seems unlikely considering some who got the feature also saw a screen explaining how to use it. Bugs don’t often come with explainer screens.

In either instance, it sounds as though the tap-to-advance feature may have had its 15 minutes of fame, though that doesn’t mean it will go away. Tech companies regularly push out unpopular updates if they think it will lead to more engagement down the line. When Facebook rolled out News Feed, for example, angry users protested outside of the company’s office. When Twitter rolled out longer tweets, a lot of users were furious. Now, no one seems to care. (And Twitter looks silly for not doing it two years earlier as it had originally planned.) It’s possible Instagram found that tapping through posts instead of scrolling through them increases how much people use the app. On the other hand, Snapchat proved this year that some redesigns can have serious consequences for your business if you don’t get them right.


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New Facebook Bug Exposed 6.8 Million Users Photos To Third-Party Apps

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Facebook’s latest screw-up — a programming bug in Facebook website accidentally gave 1,500 third-party apps access to the unposted Facebook photos of as many as 6.8 million users.

Facebook today quietly announced that it discovered a new API bug in its photo-sharing system that let 876 developers access users’ private photos which they never shared on their timeline, including images uploaded to Marketplace or Facebook Stories.

“When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline. In this case, the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or Facebook Stories,” Facebook said.

What’s worse? The bug even exposed photos that people uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post or didn’t finish posting it for some reason. The flaw left users’ private data exposed for 12 days, between September 13th and September 25th, until Facebook discovered and fixed the security blunder on the 25th September.

“Currently, we believe this may have affected up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. The only apps affected by this bug were ones that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos,” Facebook said.

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The social media giant has started notifying impacted users of the flaw through an alert on their Facebook timeline that their photos may have been exposed, which will direct them to its Help Center page with more information.
Facebook also says the social media network will soon be rolling out “tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug.” Facebook also assures its users that the company will be working with app developers to delete copies of photos that they were not supposed to access.

2018 has been quite a terrible year for Facebook with the social media giant found dealing with a slew of security incidents this year—the most significant one being the Cambridge Analytic scandal that exposed personal data of 87 million Facebook users.

The social network also suffered its worst-ever security breach in September this year that exposed highly sensitive data of 14 million users. In the same month, Facebook also addressed a similar severe API bug that was actively being exploited by unknown hackers to steal secret access tokens and gather personal information for 30 million Facebook users. In June, Facebook also suffered another security issue affecting 14 million users, wherein users’ posts that were meant to be private became public. These security incidents came out to be a failure of the social media giant in keeping the personal information of its 2.2 billion users protected while generating billions of dollars in revenue from the same information.


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