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Is Your Cell Phone Number Being Shared By Facebook


If you just met a large group of random strangers in a bar would you be likely to share your number with them? How about the group of people you see at a bus stop waiting for the bus to show up?

More than likely, the majority of you answered this question with an of course not.

Dependent upon how you’re setting your account on Facebook up though, you may unintentionally be sharing your private cell phone number with anyone and everyone that accesses your page.

Phone Numbers Being Shared – Claim Made In Email

A large amount of the Facebook user base is completely up in arms after they received an email that their phone numbers are being posted by Facebook for the entire world to view.

As with many emails that get forwarded, there are parts have information that’s completely inaccurate, and there are some other parts that have a sliver of truthfulness to them. So that’s why it’s important to get to the bottom of things, especially when and where privacy is a concern.

The message that people are seeing is that all of the phone numbers that are in your phone have been published on Facebook.

Needless to say, you just might find a “Contacts” list for Facebook which shows your friend’s photos, names and their private cell phone number, however, there is absolutely no need to panic.

Facebook Denies the Sharing

Contrary to the claim made in the email, Facebook says things aren’t happening that way. They say that no private numbers are getting published. The only exception to this is if they’ve added it personally to their Facebook profile.

A Facebook veteran and an expert in marketing commented that, if you’re the kind of person that’s uploading pictures and posting personal information, you’re going to be out there for anyone and everyone to see.

This same person went on further to state that, the real crux of the problem is that far too many people are posting far too much on Facebook. The default of Facebook settings is made to where that anyone who searches for you and your page is going to be able to see every single bit of your personal information.

If you go to the privacy page on Facebook, you’re able to make certain that your cell phone number isn’t on it. Furthermore, you can set it so only your friends are able to see your postings. This is an extremely good idea for everyone to do.

Why Are Friends Numbers Still Viewable

So when you login, why are all the cell phone numbers of your friends still viewable?

Facebook states that this reason is due to the fact that they’ve synced their Facebook account with the contact list on their cell phone.

So the simple reality to this is that you’re able to see their cell phone number, however, the general public isn’t able to see their cell phone number.

The Bottom Line

Reality, and the bottom line of the matter, is that Facebook states that they’re not making public anyone’s cell phone numbers. The one and only exception to this is if you’re putting it onto your profile.

The next time you login to Facebook, ensure that you check your privacy settings. You want to make sure that your contact information, such as, your cell phone number and your address, and so forth.

This is going to help you to not waste any of your money and keep your information safe.

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