Facebook conspiracies are surely not coming to end anytime soon. Now it has taken Instagram under knife as well.
From quite a few years, the tech giant has been subjected to uncountable lawsuits and blames. This was for not doing the job they promised to. The creation of this mighty social media platform was to create a safe and secure platform. A platform where people belonging to different parts of the world can socialize. The brains behind Facebook’s creation managed to create such a secure environment at large. But since a few years, we can only witness the downfall of the company due to to its irresponsible behavior towards safeguarding user’s privacy.
Whether it’s about Cambridge Analytica debacle or users accounts exposed to third parties. The company has been under fire from the last few years. However, even after being charged with multiple lawsuits and allegations, the company owners are continuing to make their way to the courts one way or another.
Facebook Admits: Instagram Passwords Were Exposed to Company Employees
Facebook is a social networking company that owns 79 other companies. This umbrella owns widely popular social networking websites like Instagram and Whatsapp as well.
Recently, Facebook accepted that it’s another HUGE mistake. Mistake that left users to distrust the company for the millionth time.
Last month, Facebook had a major privacy-related security incident. The incident was later resolved as claimed by the company. But clearly, it wasn’t resolved as now the giant claims that its “incident” resulted in expose of passwords of millions of Instagram accounts.
Oh, that’s’ totally okay, things like these happen because of such little incident, right Facebook?
What made the Instagram users furious was the irresponsible behavior of the tech giant. Initially, Facebook claimed that only “tens of thousands” of people were affected on Instagram up to the incident. However, soon the company accepted that millions of users’ Instagram passwords was made accessible for the employees working in the company.
This news was made confirmed in the updated Facebook’s blog post. That was originally published on March 21.
How did your Passwords Expose to Facebook Employees?
This isn’t the first time that Facebook has found a bug that disrupted the lives of millions of social media users.
Later in November 2018, approximately 120 million Facebook accounts were hacked. The hackers gained access to private messaged of the users. Nearly 81,000 accounts’ message was made public to generate money.
And now, Facebook did it again.
“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” Facebook claimed in its blog post. “We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others,” updated the company.
This all started when the previous month the company accepted to inadvertently storing the Facebook passwords of its millions of users. This has caused major reputation damage to the company as people claimed that their privacy was breached yet again by the social media giant.
The company claimed that storing of Facebook passwords in a readable pattern was done in 2012. Facebook said the unencrypted passwords were stored in logs accessible to some 2,000 engineers and developers. The data was not leaked outside of the company, however. Facebook still hasn’t explained how the bug occurred.
Not only this but Facebook also admitted of “unintentionally uploading” exposing the email addresses of 1.5 million new Facebook users, since May 2016.
These bugs have been talked about a lot of times. But the real question is how long will the users feel that their privacy is at risk on social media? What assurance can these social media giants provide to calm the doubts of its users?
The company Facebook and Facebook-owned companies are obliged to provide its million users the environment they promised to.