Facebook is slammed for 'unconscionable' security risks after it's revealed profiles are searchable by phone number - including the one meant to protect your account | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Facebook is slammed for 'unconscionable' security risks after it's revealed profiles are searchable by phone number - including the one meant to protect your account

A tweet posted this weekend by Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge revealed a worrying method for looking up specific profiles that most users are unaware of: the phone number you provided for two-factor authentication.

Facebook allows people to search for profiles using phone numbers linked to a particular account, even if you’ve chosen to hide this information from the public. Profiles can also be searched by phone number in the Messenger app.

But, it was not previously clear that this also includes numbers provided to the site only for security reasons.

The shocking revelation comes months after Facebook admitted it was using these phone numbers for targeted ads.

Comments

I noticed this too

George

I have been using this unpublicized FB feature for ages to check who just called my phone.

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