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An Eavesdropping Bug Occurs In Apple's Facetime, Company Disables Group Calling Feature To Ensure Safety

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| January 29 , 2019 , 20:14 IST

A major FaceTime bug was discovered in Apple products which is violating the privacy of users. The matter came into light when Twitter and other social networking sites lit up with anxious Apple users after the news site 9to5Mac reported on a strange glitch in the company’s iPhones on Monday. 

The bug works by turning a FaceTime video call into a microphone, even if the recipient does not pick up the call. And if the recipient presses the power button, for instance, to silence an incoming call, it could enable transmission of video.

On Monday night, Apple said it had disabled Group FaceTime, the feature that was causing the glitch.

Apple said in a statement that, “We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”

The glitch has already spurred warnings from officials. In a statement issued late Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York urged FaceTime users to temporarily disable the app.

“The FaceTime bug is an egregious breach of privacy that puts New Yorkers at risk,” he said.

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Apple’s status page shows that "group calling via FaceTime is temporarily unavailable that’s a stop-gap move while the company to deliver a more permanent fix to the problem this week."

"We were unable to set up a group call when we tried, having earlier been able to do and replicate the issue," it added.

All being well, this fix means that users don’t need to completely disable FaceTime due to the bug, but it is understandable if some people are hesitant to switch it on again.

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