Early this week reports of a privacy bug involving Group FaceTime forced Apple to shutdown the service.
FaceTime users were able to eavesdrop on parties added to a Group FaceTime call without the call being answered. Some reports of FaceTime calls being ignored (by silencing with volume buttons) also triggered the bug, causing audio to be heard on the other end.
How To Turn Off FaceTime
This bug affects those who have Group FaceTime capabilities – devices running iOS 12.1 (and later) and Macs running macOS Mojave 10.14.1 (and later).
Apple has suspended Group FaceTime services, but you can turn off FaceTime on all your devices if you’re still worried about your privacy. For iOS devices go to Settings > FaceTime and toggle OFF. For macOS devices open Applications Folder > Open FaceTime > Click on FaceTime in the menu bar and choose “Turn Off FaceTime.”
Apple halted Group FaceTime services on Monday after reports about this huge security flaw surfaced. Apple has stated there should be a patch by the end of the week. You can check the status of Group FaceTime at https://www.apple.com/ca/support/systemstatus/