Facebook is bleeding users, with external researchers estimating that the social network lost 2.8 million US users under 25 last year. Those losses have prompted Facebook to get more aggressive in its efforts to win users back – and the company has started using security prompts to encourage users to log into their accounts.
Sometimes, Facebook will send emails to users warning them that they’re having problems logging into their accounts, Bloomberg reported last month. “Just click the button below and we’ll log you in. If you weren’t trying to log in, let us know,” the emails reportedly read. Other times, Facebook will ask for a user’s phone number to set up two-factor authentication – then spam the number with notification texts.
Raise your hand if you’re surprised Facebook would do this.
Facebook is whining for the phone number for a myriad of reasons. Another one is that they can then use the phone number to couple you with your Whatsapp account â€“ another service that Facebook owns. They will parse through your messages or contacts or whatever for advertising purposes.
FB already got flak for this after they lied to the EU about their intentions (upon acquiring Whatsapp) and later wanted to pair Whatsapp data with Facebook accounts. But of course the EU cannot do shit because they already allowed the deal to happen.
But I had no idea they would also spam my phone with useless crap, should I allow them to know my number. Initially my reasoning for not supplying FB with my phone number what purely of security issues: anyone could find my account just by entering my phone number into the search box at facebook.com. This is a big deal if my number is not available publicly and I don’t want people to be able to trace me based on the number I’m calling from.
Edited 2018-02-15 11:31 UTC