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Facebook Inc. said on Thursday, April 18 that it “uploaded anonymously” 1.5 million new users’ email contacts since May 2016, a Reuters report quoted a business insider.
A security researcher noticed that “Facebook was asking some users to enter their email password when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identity.”
Facebook ‘Unintentionally Uploaded’ 1.5 Mn Email IDs of New Users
The company told Business Insider that it is now deleting these emails and it was never meant to upload these contacts. The company has not disclosed whether the users of India are part of the affected list, but in view of its large userbase in the country, it will not be surprising if there are.
This revelation follows the incident that was reported last month when Facebook was asking for email passwords from its users while logging in.
The social networking giant has confirmed that it will inform about 1.5 million users affected in the coming days and will remove their details from the company’s system.
After the report of a curb, a few weeks before it was publicized, Facebook acknowledged millions of user passwords in plain text in their internal data storage systems.
A spokesman for Facebook said, “Last month, we stopped the offer of email password verification for people who verified their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time.”
It’s not the first time or twice that the last event to come from Facebook this year. Recently, it came under scrutiny to use the phone numbers provided for security reasons – such as two-factor authentication (2FA) – for things like advertisements and users have their phone numbers on their separate platforms To make discoverable by
Considering all these issues, it is not certain that Facebook is also planning to work and then launching its own voice assistant, which will compete with Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.