Consider a scenario. You have clicked some pictures with your spouse on the vacation in your Samsung Galaxy S9. Some of those photos are intimate and embody the connection you both have. On the next day, you receive a text message saying, “Nice clicks. Enjoy.” You don’t understand the reason behind the message. Then you scroll up and see two of those personal photos have been sent by you to your boss. But you did not do it. Your spouse did not do it. Then who did it? You ensured there was no third person involved with handling your phone as you never distanced yourself from the phone. Then you think if a ghost is doing that. No, it’s not the ghost or the unidentified identity. It’s the bug in the texting app of your Samsung Galaxy S9. Though sending pictures is a basic function of a smartphone, it is surprising to know such high-end smartphone is sending the personal photos to contacts without your knowledge. Sometimes, it may get awkward.
According to the complaints filed by Samsung users on Reddit and the official Samsung Forums, some phones have been sending photos to random contacts via SMS. Based on these complaints, the issue lies in texting app of some of the Galaxy devices. A user also complained that the app sent the entire gallery to one of the contacts in the middle of the night. Fortunately, those photos were sent to the partner. These photos may be sent to some sensitive contacts such as a boss or business partners. Others may get an unwanted view into the private life. Moreover, the app does not leave any evidence of sending a message. So, the user realizes it only when it is too late or gets a reply from the receiver.
In a statement sent to Gizmodo, a Samsung spokesperson said, “We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it. Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.”
There is a theory whirling around stating that the interaction between Samsung Messages and RCS profile updates released by carries such as T-Mobile is causing the bug. The goal of RCS (Rich Communication Services) is to improve the SMS protocol and equip it with new features such as typing indicators, media sharing, and read receipts. It seems that the way in which RCS is handled in Samsung phones is the cause of this bug.
There are two ways to fix this issue. First is to go in the app’s setting and disable access to storage. Till Samsung gives a permanent solution to this, this will prevent the app from accessing and sending photos. Another solution is to switch to different apps such as Textra or Android Messages which are not affected by the issue that has affected Samsung phones. Until the issue is solved, the privacy of people is of utmost concern. Let us hope Samsung fixes this as soon as possible.