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  • Rosa Perez

You can hear me now? Bad!

Woman in cafe on laptop and Facetime.

In today’s world with voice assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, connection to the world is made easier. But what happens when the world can connect to you without your consent?

Apple’s FaceTime bug became a Twitter moment when its user’s privacy was compromised. In a series of tweets ranging from tech professionals to regular consumers, the news about Apple’s 12.1 update bug spread. The glitch allowed users to listen to the receiving caller’s microphone even if the call was left unanswered.

In addition to audio, The Verge, an American technology news and media network outlined that the bug extended to video as well. It was possible for callers to obtain visuals from the call recipient even if they hit the power button or volume button to ignore the call.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York tweeted a consumer alert to notify New Yorkers about the issue. He advised users to disable their FaceTime app and outlined the steps in the tweet.

Only two days after the Twitter moment, YouTuber Shane Dawson released his new conspiracy video filmed in December. In the video he explores the iPhone bug among other technology theories. He has over 20,500,000 subscribers and has received over 30,500,000 views on the highly awaited video.

Apple has since released a new version of iOS 12 to fix the FaceTime bug.

What happens when Apple’s privacy conspiracies are proven true? Share your thoughts on Apple’s iPhone bug with us on Twitter @Meeman901.

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