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​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.
Users can choose to have a code sent to their mobile phones when logging in to make access harder for hackers.

But Facebook admitted it also fed the numbers into targeted advertising and friend recommendation systems.

The company says it will have completed the changes – part of a settlement with US regulators – during 2020

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