Posted: November 2, 2022 by Jovi Umawing

“It’s common knowledge that Facebook knows everything about you, even the data you choose to withhold. Take, for example, your contact number or email address. Many of us opted out of giving this away when we signed up for Facebook, Facebook Messenger, or Instagram because we didn’t want to be searchable using these pieces of data.

But, alas, many of us have realized that even if we don’t provide data to Meta directly, someone else will. When someone signs up to any of Meta’s services, they are asked if they want to share their entire address book to make it much easier to find connections. This is how Facebook got hold of details even if the user had never had a Facebook account.

Thankfully, we now have a tool to delete and keep our contact numbers and email addresses from Facebook permanently, even when someone we know agrees to share their entire address book.”

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