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Facebook bug discovered that may have affected 6.8 million users

FILE PHOTO: 3D printed Facebook-logo is shown in front of the listed cyber-code in this image is 22 March 2016. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Friday it has discovered a bug that may have affected 6.8 million people who Facebook login to grant permission for third-party apps to access photos.

The company said in a blog that the problem is solved, but that it may have had an impact on up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers.

Facebook said some third-party apps can have access to a wider set of pictures than normal for 12 days between Sept. 13 to Sept. 25.

The bug is the latest in a series of privacy issues that the tech-giant announced this year, including the massive Cambridge Analytica data scandal in April and a data breach of almost 30 million accounts in October.

Facebook shares fell 1.3 percent to $143.07 in the start of trading on Friday. The Nasdaq composite index .IXIC dropped 0.9 percent.

Reporting by Angela Moon in New York Arjuna Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Bill Trott

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