back to article Stop us if you've heard this one: Facebook apologizes for bug leaking private photos

Facebook on Friday apologized for a bug that may have exposed exposed private photos to third-party apps for the 12 day period from September 13 to September 25, 2018. "We're sorry this happened," said Tomer Bar, Facebook engineering director, in a blog post intended for developers, noting that as many as 6.8 million users and …

  1. Magani
    FAIL

    Wonky Want

    "We not only want to comply with the law, but ..."

    Pro Tip: The law couldn't give a dead dingo's donger whether you want to comply or not. It's a LAW.

    1. Jemma Silver badge

      Re: Wonky Want

      A fellow Cadoganite?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wonder how much they were paid

    For this "accident"? A third party willing to give them a big wad of cash would probably need a couple weeks to download all the billions of private photos off Facebook.

    Yeah, this is how low my opinion of them has sunk.

    1. Carpet Deal 'em Bronze badge

      Re: I wonder how much they were paid

      > Yeah, this is how low my opinion of them has sunk.

      "They 'trust me'. Dumb fucks." Really, that comment says everything you need to know about Facebook and privacy. The only reasons they care about data leaks are the risk of fines and the money foregone when it gets out of their clutches. You shouldn't have let your opinion of them get as high as you did.

    2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: I wonder how much they were paid

      "Yeah, this is how low my opinion of them has sunk."

      It started higher?

  3. N2 Silver badge

    No

    "May we all be better in the year ahead"

    Er, since when have 'we' been responsible for your mistakes?

    Fuck off, idiot.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: No

      Hungover, pal?

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  5. Mike Lewis

    Move fast, break things, apologise later.

    1. LDS Silver badge

      Move fast, break things, apologise...

      ... when caught.

      Fixed for you.

  6. Jemma Silver badge

    Kill it..

    Kill it with fire!

    That is all.

  7. arctic_haze

    Remember the old wisdom

    There is no cloud. It is only someone else's computer.

  8. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    FAIL

    "we realized it was an opportunity to invest even more heavily in privacy"

    Oh, you mean as in investing $20 instead of just $.02 ?

    Great idea. Keep it up and one day, in the next millennium, you just might get there.

    1. DJV Silver badge

      Re: "we realized it was an opportunity to invest even more heavily in privacy"

      Ah yes, spin, spin, spin.

      A more accurate statement would have been: "we were annoyed we were going to have to invest some profit in privacy just to shut the GDPR investigators up".

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "improved privacy experiences for everyone on Facebook"

    Don't stop until it matches the privacy experiences for everyone OFF Facebook.

    In 2001.

    NO, BEFORE SEPTEMBER.

    Also, quit stalking me.

    <shoots the bird>

  10. Potemkine!

    "We're sorry this happened"...

    ... because this time we made no money with the leaked data.

  11. Rich 2 Silver badge
    WTF?

    "Data gathering biz still having trouble keeping data secure"

    "Faecesbook" and "keeping data secure" in the same sentence?

    That's an oxymoron! Their whole business model depends on your data NOT being secure

    1. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge
      Childcatcher

      Re: "Data gathering biz still having trouble keeping data secure"

      Their whole business model depends on your data NOT being secure

      FB: What in the world do you mean by "your data"?

  12. Sekhen

    I deleted my login a few months ago, but I wonder how long they hold on to the actual data.

    Images, posts, personal information.

    As the old African proverb goes:

    "The best time to plant a tree was yesterday, the second best time is today".

    1. JohnFen Silver badge

      "I wonder how long they hold on to the actual data."

      I think the only safe assumption is "forever".

  13. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Come on the GDPR

    Facebook could face billion dollar fine for data breaches

    Unless it's a cunning plan by the Irish data protection commission to get in there first and the find that Facebook deserve a slap on the wrist. Who can tell these days?

  14. Flakk

    "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you."

    But you don't serve "us". You serve the advertisers. "We're" your data cattle. Why would you care about "us" any more than a rancher cares about Bull 2018-2-7-94 being rendered into beef?

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