Facebook has been mired in a slew of data security issues in recent times. On Wednesday, Facebook-owned messenger-cum-video calling app WhatsApp revealed that it has fixed a bug that let hackers get access to users’ applications when they answered an incoming video call. This announcement comes after technology websites ZDnet and The Register first wrote about the issue and mentioned that it was fixed by Facebook in early October.
Acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion, WhatsApp is an immensely popular platform for people to connect with family, friends and business contacts. With over 1.2 billion users of the app worldwide, news of a security threat potentially looms large over the platform's popularity and goodwill. Facebook has tried to assuage user and investor concerns through its statements. "We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable. We promptly issued a fix to the latest version of WhatsApp to resolve this issue," Ann Yeh, spokeswoman for WhatsApp, told Reuters in an email.
Wednesday’s announcement comes only a week after Facebook disclosed that over 50 million accounts on its website were infiltrated by hackers via a vulnerability in one of its key features, and said that it has resolved the issue and will keep checking in on users' data safety.