Phone Contacts at Facebook make Users so scary

Friday, August 12th 2011. | Internet News

A report making the rounds on the social network warns that all the phone numbers in your phone are now on Facebook, whether you’ve allowed the site access to them or not. Facebook users are realizing that the confidential phone numbers of family and friends are posted on the social network without permission, and they are alarmed, according to Fox News.

Facebook claims that the feature has existed for over a year. The social network adamantly denies that the confidential phone numbers of friends and family are freely accessible online, as many have worried. “Rumors claiming that your phone contacts are visible to everyone on Facebook are false,” reads a response Facebook has posted to its website. “Our Contacts list, formerly called Phonebook, has existed for a long time. The phone numbers listed there were either added by your friends themselves and made visible to you, or you have previously synced your phone contacts with Facebook.”

The company said that only the user can see the phone numbers, not the public. “I don’t understand what business any online company has snatching private contact information from my phone. I didn’t even know such a thing was possible,” said Northeast Cobb mom and Facebook user Toni Brown. “I should be able to opt out. I mean, how is this information being used? Is our private information being sold to or used by third-party companies?”

Brown’s daughter, 14, is a Facebook user and she has a smartphone. “Is her cell phone sharing the contact phone numbers of other kids while she’s using Facebook? That makes me uncomfortable,” said Brown. The site syncs information from your phone to help you find new friends and connect with them, Facebook said in a statement.

To see what all the fuss is about, visit Facebook and click on Account at the top right corner, then click on Edit Friends, and click Contacts at the left side. Facebook does store a list of contact phone numbers that you have imported from your phone and information your Facebook friends have added.

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