Facebook allegedly spies on Instagram users through selfie cameras

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Facebook is being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users through the unauthorized use of a mobile camera on a handset.

In a complaint filed in a federal court in San Francisco on Thursday, the social media giant - which owns the popular picture-sharing app - is accused of intentionally activating smartphone cameras to collect "lucrative and valuable data that it would not otherwise have access to", Bloomberg reported.

In the complaint filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco, New Jersey Instagram user Brittany Conditi contends the app's use of the camera is intentional and done for the goal of collecting "lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to".

The case follows reports in July earlier this year, alleging that Facebook-owned Instagram was able to access cameras in iPhones even when not in use. "Instagram is constantly accessing users' smartphone camera feature while the app is open and monitors users without permission".

The report, which alleged the tech company failed to uniformly apply hate speech rules in India, also named a senior Facebook executive as party to the alleged developments.

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A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that its family of apps was inaccessible for some users on Thursday. "The one suing stated that the use of the camera was intentional and was done for the goal of collecting lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to".

The company said that the Instagram's "Create Mode", which allows users to share posts that do not contain photos or videos by swiping left from the home feed or through the Instagram camera, caused the notification. It also brings up past alleged privacy blunders from TikTok and LinkedIn that were exposed by the Apple operating system update.

The green symbol appears when the camera is activated. "We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded".

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