A controversial arrangement made by Facebook will give third-party developers and external websites access to users’ home addresses and cellphone numbers.
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Facebook quietly announced the new policy in a note posted to its Developer Blog in January. It suspended the feature just three days later following user outcry, while promising that it would be “re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks.
Even if the revamped feature were to include improved notifications and protections for minors, privacy experts warn the feature could imperil users’ personal information and increase their risk of being targeted by scams, spam, and identity thieves.”
Facebook users are upset with the conflicting way in which the popular social networking site continues to encourage users to share personal information, but are now presumably putting that data up for sale.