Since many of us have had a mostly positive relationship with Facebook for over a decade, it’s unsettling to find out that the social media site may have been misusing our personal information. At least, that’s what a software engineer named Gabriel Lewis says it’s doing.
Lewis is accusing the company of using our phone numbers to spam us with site notifications. For a little context, some users opt to use what’s known as two-factor authentication (2FA) to make their sign-in protocol more secure. Facebook requires your phone number for 2FA, which security-conscious users give over in good faith.
But Lewis claims that as soon as you sign up for the service, Facebook starts blowing up your phone with unwanted texts and notifications — and then even publicly posts your responses to your Facebook page.
Kind of creepy, right? And even though some think it may be a bug, Lewis isn’t alone — and a lot of Facebook users are appalled with the feature.
It seems as if a feature that was meant to make us feel safe is actually just violating our privacy. Not to mention, in a world where we already battle unwanted cell phone notifications, spam calls telling us about bogus vacations we’ve won, and e-mails that make us question whether or not we’ve been hacked, the last thing most of us want is more of it.
If this is a glitch, let’s hope Facebook works it out soon.