Facebook wants its user’s phone numbers

Posted: July 20, 2012 in Social Networking
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Launched 8 years ago, Facebook already has hundreds of millions of users. In April 2012, it reached 900 million active users. Everyday new people sign up for Facebook. I admit that here are a lot of pros about joining the biggest social network, but there are also cons, e.g. privacy.

Since you only need a real name, an email address, a password, a birthday which makes sure you’re 13 years or older, it has a bunch of fake accounts. On March 8, 2012, ZDNet revealed that 5 – 6% of accounts are fake.

Now Facebook found a new way to filter fake accounts – and some of its inactive users, too. When you’re trying to log in, the following message appears:

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Luckily, not everybody got this message so far. Once you’ve got it, you can’t use your account anymore – until you’ve entered your phone number. There’s only the Facebook logo on the left and a “log out” button on the right. No button for people who don’t have a phone number and no description like “how to use Facebook without a phone number” for them. A lot of people are searching for help on Google, but there are no helpful entries yet.

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Your friends cant access your profile anymore. For them it seems like your profile doesn’t exist anymore.

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Even their friends list looks like you’ve deleted your account.

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Well, some people may close their Facebook account, because they don’t want to tell their phone number to Facebook. Seems like the website prepared everything for deleting – nobody can access your profile and your media (at least via the official Facebook website) or find it via Facebook search anymore.

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