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The Apple logo is displayed at the Apple store in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Apple has made the group chat function in FaceTime unavailable after users said there was a bug that could allow callers to activate another user's microphone remotely.

SALT LAKE CITY — In a tech crossover moment, it turns out that “Fortnite” led to the discovery of the FaceTime bug plaguing the country.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a 14-year-old boy discovered the FaceTime bug earlier this month and tried to warn Apple about it.

Context: On Tuesday, a newly discovered Apple FaceTime software bug causes an issue where people can see the people they are calling before the person answers the phone, according to my report for the Deseret News.

  • As CNN explains, “When the bug is activated, the person who initiated the call is able to hear the live audio on the other person's phone, even though the recipient has not accepted the call. And their screen gives no indication that their conversation is being transmitted. In some cases, the bug can also show live video of the other person if they press a volume button to dismiss the call.”

The boy said he discovered the problem when he was trying to create a conversation with his friends during a “Fortnite” gaming session.

His mother, Michele Thompson, wrote about the problem on social media at first, under the username @MGT7500.

She tried to attract the attention of Apple’s Support team and Fox News.

John H. Meyer, a Twitter user who found Thompson’s tweet after the bug went viral, told USA Today that he realized "that she’s been trying for a week to bring attention to this by tweeting at Apple and many different news orgs.”

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  • Meyer and Thompson started talking about the problem on Tuesday, which allowed him to further expose the bug, according to USA Today.
  • Thompson's mother reportedly reached out to Apple, who wanted them to submit a report as an Apple developer.

Meyer said he was still surprised at what happened.

  • "I thought it was fake at first, before I then successfully replicated the issue by calling my girlfriend. When I learned very early this morning that this was discovered by a 14-year-old, who's mom then spent multiple days trying to bring this to attention at Apple, I was even more surprised (and quite angry)," he told USA Today in a Direct Message.