Disabling This Facebook Phone Number Setting is Not an Option

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Facebook users have been urged to provide their phone number as a way to make it more hard for unauthorized parties to log in to their account. But if you've used your mobile number to secure your account with 2FA, even if it is not visible to others, it can still be used to search for you - and there is no way to opt out of this.

Worse still is the fact that this option is set to "everyone" by default.

As a result of a tweet from security researcher Zeynep Tufekci, it has been revealed that the two-factor authentication which Facebook has so voraciously promoted to ensure security, can also allow anyone to look up that user's profile. Last fall, Gizmodo reported that mobile numbers submitted to Facebook for the purposes of two-factor authentication (2FA), as well as contact information pulled from friends' address books, are used to target ads. Facebook can still find your phone number without you even providing it (yep). How?

Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia wrote, 'For years Facebook claimed the adding a phone number for 2FA was only for security. Two-factor authentication is an important security feature, and a year ago we added the option to set it up for your account without registering a phone number. "But this being Facebook, they're not just going to do something that is only good for the user, are they?" Most people will be completely unaware that Facebook allows private data to be used in this way, and the default setting that is put in place is something that many will be uncomfortable with.

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It seems that Facebook is in the spotlight all over again and not for the right reasons. There is no "only me" or "no one" option to hide the phone number. After adding the number Burge was unable to hide it, and it can be searched. The company uses that unique ID, since it's tied to you, and can use it to sell ads, much as it does with everything else it knows about you. Thus you can do multi-factor authentication with Facebook: remove the phone-based 2FA and reactivate it using an authenticator app.

In April 2018 after face trials with Cambridge Analytica, Facebook said it has taken steps to limit the data availability to third-party apps.

The feature has apparently already been active for quite some time, but a recent revelation of how it works has sparked a backlash from millions of Facebook users. Before then, a phone number was the only mandatory option.

"Although two-factor authentication is a necessity for individuals in order to help protect their accounts from being hacked, allowing phone numbers to be searched on one of the world's largest social databases may not be the best idea", he added.

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