View Full Version : Don't Give Facebook Your Phone Number

Harold Gough
5th March 2019, 09:44 AM


Phill D
5th March 2019, 09:50 AM
That doesn't sound like good news. I only use FB to interact with a camera club for events etc but I certainly would miss that if I deleted my account.

5th March 2019, 09:57 AM
Why would anyone be surprised? So much of FB is about people washing their dirty laundry in public isn’t it a case of ‘you put the info out there, expect the worst’? Obviously I realise that’s not why you give them your number but let’s face it, FB is all about a lack of privacy anyway!

5th March 2019, 10:28 AM
The big issue is that FB owns Whatsapp which works on the mobile phone number. When you join Whatsap you give access to your contacts list to the Whatsapp central (which is owned by FB) -so it is all joined up.

Interesting in that quite a bit of business and political communication is by Whatsapp becuase it is end to end encrypted yet you are showing to a third party who you are communicating with.

See also in todays El Reg


Reading some of the comments that are appended to the article is worthwhile.

Naughty Nigel
5th March 2019, 10:40 AM
One IT reporter recently claimed that FaceBook was a thoroughly evil organisation, second only to Google. I'm not so sure. Any organisation that happily profits from human and animal misery must be pretty close to the bottom of the cesspit.

Then there's Amazon and evilBay also competing for cesspit honours along with Mike Ashley and his like.

Wonga was another contender but I hear they are looking for a PayDay Loan right now.

5th March 2019, 10:56 AM
I would never intentionally give Facebook my phone number but my nephew wanted me to install WhatsApp because that's what they use. I installed it whereupon it went through my phone book and prepared welcome messages for all my contacts so I could get them to join as well. I instantly deleted the app. So FB might have got my number, but it still occasionally asks for it so maybe not. The only organisation that uses two stage verification with me is HMRC. Apple wanted to but it was too much of a PITA.