Reports from Samsungphone users emerged, stating that pictures have been sent from their phones to seemingly random contacts, without their permission. Samsung users have reported about the problem on the company's official forums, on Reddit, etc. "Last night around 2:30 am, my phone sent her my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app". Other Reddit posters have said their wives or other people on their shared family plans have received similar messages from other phones including the Note 8.
The scariest thing about the bug is that it leaves absolutely no trace that it has done this, so there's no images or messages in your sent folder, so the first you'll find out that it has happened is when the receiver of all of your nudes lovely landscape pictures tells you what they just got into their inbox.
Users have theorised that the problems could be caused by the rollout of Rich Communications Service (RCS) on certain carriers in the US. He wrote that the app was sending scheduled messages early, that some messages were ending up in wrong threads. RCS is supposed to improve texting by adding features like group chat, video and GIF support and file and location sharing. On Samsung's Galaxy S9 support board, a user said Samsung Messages became buggy after an T-Mobile RCS/advanced messaging update on his phone.
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The problem isn't widespread (that we know of, yet), but rather a small number of complaints on Reddit and Samsung forums, reports Sam Rutherford over at Gizmodo. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG".
There are now two fixes if you are anxious about the issue affecting your device. Your other option seems to be switching to a different texting app, like Textra or Google's Android Messages app, which thus far appear to be unaffected.