FaceTime bug fixed, Apple says

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Apple said it has fixed a FaceTime group chat bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on unanswered group video calls.

The software updates were rolled out Thursday to iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.

It was nine days after videos of the bug in action went viral on social media.

The flaw was first discovered by a high school freshman in Arizona.

A person could exploit the glitch to hear live audio on another person’s phone, even though the recipient had not accepted the FaceTime call.

In some cases, the bug could also show live video of the other person if they pressed a volume button to dismiss the call.

A Facebook spokesperson said, “Today’s software update fixes the security bug in group FaceTime. We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience.”

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(This story was originally published on February 8, 2019)

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