Dec 20, 2019

Facebook to stop using phone numbers to recommend 'friends'

Facebook is to stop using members' phone numbers in its friends recommendation system in 2020 following concern about privacy implications. Facebook admitted it also fed the numbers into targeted advertising and friend recommendation systems. It was revealed that Facebook was also using the phone numbers to target advertising - and to power its People You May Know feature, which recommends potential Facebook friends. People You May Know is designed to identify people you might want to add to your Facebook friends list. It will stop using the numbers for friend suggestions in Cambodia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Libya and Pakistan in the next few days.

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