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Facebook giant, Mark Zuckerberg, doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of privacy.
It seems every time we turn around, Facebook is in the news with some sort of privacy issue being exposed. Granted, Facebook is a social platform on a public domain, but as a user on that social platform we have the right to choose what we want to share. This time Facebook has decided to share our phone numbers. I don’t share my phone number with everyone, but I was prompted by Facebook to input this information for security purposes so I did. As if sharing our phone numbers weren’t bad enough, from conversations I’ve had on Facebook with other individuals who have experienced the same breach, one lady even indicated she noticed her deleted phone numbers were showing up in the Facebook contacts!
Do you think I feel betrayed by Facebook now they have decided to share this information with all of my friends? Well yes and I will tell you why. I talk online via IM, Skype, Google+, Twitter or Facebook with my friends.
What’s even worse is I learned Facebook may be sharing this information with ADVERTISERS!
If you want proof phone numbers are on display, take the following steps:
Top right corner, click Account
Click Edit Friends
Top left corner, click Contacts
You will be able see everyone’s phone numbers there.
If you don’t want your phone number displayed for everyone to see, here’s how to remove yours.
What can you do to remove your contacts from Facebook?
First, take the steps in the video and remove your phone number.
On the page where you saw the Contacts, on the RIGHT hand side you will see the following image:
According to Facebook you need to remove “SYNC” from your mobile device before you remove it from Facebook on your computer. I was not able to find this option on my mobile device. I even went into my system settings to manage my Facebook application in my settings and could not find it. You may need to remove the application completely from your mobile device and re-install it.
Once you click on the “Remove” button you will be shown a screen that says it will take a few minutes and you will be notified by Facebook when it’s complete.
This may take a long time depending on the number of contacts. If it doesn’t work after about 10 or 15 minutes you may need to try again. I had to do it twice. The second time I received a pop-up box at the bottom left corner indicating the process was complete. I then went back to my contacts and was still able to see all the contacts and phone numbers, however there was a message at the top stating: “Only you can see your contacts. Your Contacts list is like a phonebook that only you can see. It includes numbers that 1) you may have synced from your phone or 2) your friends have chosen to share with you. To control who sees your contact information, visit your privacy settings. If you need more help with privacy settings, see another post, How Much Do You Share on Facebook. Perhaps this video can help.
Good luck and as always if you have any questions you want answered, be sure to post them on my Facebook fan page or @YSMMogul on Twitter.
I'm an artist at heart, always feeling creative. I fell in love with social networking and social media years ago when I was introduced to Twitter and it grew into a love affair when I created my website and had to learn to optimize my site, and market myself online. Now I like to share what I've learned over the years with my friends both old and new. Sometimes I might have a snarky, "Oh No She Didn't" attitude, sometimes I might have a comedic sense of humor, but regardless of the view take, I hope you will enjoy what I write.