The world’s most popular social network Facebook has found itself in yet another controversy for poor privacy control. It’s only a week ago when the news of huge Facebook data leak surfaced on the internet . The leak exposed details of 3 million users worldwide.
Recently, an Android user named Matt Navarra tweeted a screenshot from his Android phone suggesting Facebook official app trying to take over his smartphone device by requesting Superuser access.
A Facebook bug is generating requests for ‘Superuser’ permissions to access user’s devices!
This is not going to go down well.
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 18, 2018
Superuser access can change your files, can access all types of data including pictures in the phone. It can also change the hardware configuration such as microphone camera or other sensors of the phone.
Facebook clarified this as bug not a malware. The official statement is issued saying;
A coding error in one of our anti-fraud systems caused a small number of people running the Facebook app and certain permission management apps on rooted Android phones to see a request for additional access permissions. We do not need or want these permissions, and we have already fixed this issue. We apologize for any confusion.