Did you know that Facebook is posting our phone numbers now?

United States
July 17, 2010 6:12pm CST
If you click on account settings and then edit friends then click on phonebook on the left side menu - it will pull phone numbers from all your contacts profiles!! Cell and land numbers. This is very scary. You have to go in and adjust your privacy settings to keep yours from appearing. Have you noticed this change? Does it bother you as it bothers me?
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23 responses
• United States
17 Jul 10
It doesn't bother me for myself. I never post my information anywhere. But I just about had a heart attack when I checked out my 13 year old daughter's facebook page to find that she had posted our home phone number, her cell phone number, and our address. I quickly went in and changed that.
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• United States
17 Jul 10
lol. kids have no clue about it! both of my teenagers did the same thing.
@eileenleyva (20223)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
This is what parenting is all about. Kudos to you both!
• Canada
17 Jul 10
Facebook has been like this for a while. It's not scary, they didn't do any digging to find it and they aren't giving it to anyone who's not on your friends list. They only have your phone number on there if you posted it on your profile. If you look closely you will see it doesn't have all your contacts phone numbers. They only have your phone number if you posted it. You don't have to edit any privacy settings, if you don't want your number to appear in people's phonebooks you can just not post your phone number on facebook to begin with, or delete it from your profile. Also, if your number is on your facebook, it only appears in phonebooks of your facebook friends. If your facebook friend's wanted your phone number they could also just go to your profile and get it there.. So if you don't want them to have your number, you may want to delete it.
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• United States
18 Jul 10
It depends on your setting. It could also be friends of friends which opens it up to many more people. I know my son has over 800 friends on facebook.
• Canada
18 Jul 10
Yes but if people don't want others to have your number then why post it? Its not necessary to do so.. especially if you don't want people to have it
@jugsjugs (13038)
17 Jul 10
Oh my, i did not know this.I will have a look at my account and if this is the case i think i will play delete with my account as i have an ex directory phone number for the reason of i do not want people to get hold of it.That is shocking that facebook has done this and there is no need for them to have it on display like that.
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• United States
17 Jul 10
You can take your number out or make it visible to only you.
• United States
18 Jul 10
I only put down in my Facebook/edit profile that contact information I would want public, which included a web based email. - If I were you, I would remove any data you don't want all over the planet. That includes deleting phone numbers and addresses. Get yourself a web based email for people to contact you at.
• United States
19 Jul 10
That is great advice. thanks.
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• United States
20 Jul 10
Your very welcome!
@TexLadyPj (1329)
• United States
18 Jul 10
Herro TrvlArrngr I am in charge of my personal info at facebook. If I don't want people to see my info I don't put it on my site. For me, I only use facebook for communication with friends, family, church and RV organization. I have no members at facebook I do not know. They probably already have my phone numbers and addresses. I am very careful with my security settings. I am planning on opening a second facebook for marketing. I will not use my home or cell phone or city. I will use state only. I will have a special email just for that account. I will still be cautious about people I allow as friends and should they abuse or spam me, I will delete them. I think my plan is logical and reasonable. What do you think? Prosperous mlotting
• United States
18 Jul 10
That sounds like a plan. You seem to have it under control. Kudos to you.
@TexLadyPj (1329)
• United States
18 Jul 10
Herro TrvlArrngr I have been cautious for a long time. I was a licensed counselor for 15years. Confidentiality became my lifestyle, therefore cautiousness. Anyone can learn that level of cautiousness if they focus on it. It depends on how important it is to them. Prosperous mylotting
@DOLLYBABY (2534)
• United States
18 Jul 10
when i was first signing up for my second Facebook account few months ago...i did not include my cellphone number in the registration/profile page...but since lately i have been using my cellphone to login into my Facebook account...so when i login into Facebook from my computer i notice my cellphone number appears on my profile...so all i did was just change my settings not to show my cellphone number... Facebook aren't the ones who actually put your cellphone and home-phone numbers out there...it just happen because you probably login from your mobile phone..and as for you home-phone number you when you include it on you profile it was your responsibility to change you setting to have it invisible if you don't want anyone to see it...but as how i look at it if a person doesn't wanna change certain information such as their cellphone,home numbers they shouldn't had add it or included it to their profile/account page from the beginning. i watch on the news few months ago that Facebook is not safe because Facebook is giving/selling out it's members personal information with other companies without our consent...so we should be-careful of what we put on Facebook...and just today's ago someone was trying to gain access to my Facebook account ...i know this because i was notify by Facebook...so there's no telling who was trying to get into my account...it is always safe and best after Facebook profile registration to change your settings for your e-mail address..because the same e-mail address that you use to sign up for Facebook is the same one that is showing up...and once anyone comes in contact with that e-mail address they are gonna try to get access to your account..so be safe and be smart people!
• United States
19 Jul 10
Wow. I never would have thought that but it makes perfect sense. I do log in from my cell phone.
@Archie0 (5175)
18 Jul 10
Yes i had seen this, this scary thing even happened with me. I have no idea from where my number was visible to them, the most strange thing is i never give my numbers on socile networking sites, but to my wonder in one day i had got around 200 calls. Saying they found my number from my facebook. funny and scary too.
• United States
18 Jul 10
That is very scary! Did you change your phone number?
@akopoaysi (740)
• Philippines
18 Jul 10
I know most of us are facebook members. But i think we all need to be careful on what information we put. like our whole birthdate, our location, our current location, hometown, our contact numbers. these things or information are used for validation. example.. our credit cards. they ask information about our birthday and our last school attended. and these information are all in facebook! so be careful. plus when we update every now and then our location at a time. i saw a news before. that the robbers used this so they can go and rob their house.. so just be careful! :)
• United States
18 Jul 10
Someone told me this just last week. I had never thought about it before. I no longer post when we are away from home. ugh. have to privately message people.
@mourya4u (21)
• India
18 Jul 10
Really damn i didnt notice this...then i have to change my privacy settings and thanks for the information....i have been using facebook for a year and viewing it daily but didnt notice about that...anyway thanx again for the information...:)
• United States
18 Jul 10
You are very welcome. Someone had to tell me about it too.
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
18 Jul 10
I have not noticed this one. Thanks for informing us. It does bother me. I don't want anyone with bad intention to get my personal number. Is this something new? Honestly, I have not explored facebook that much yet. I only use facebook to get in touch with friends, play games or shop online.
• United States
18 Jul 10
Facebook seems to be making changes lately and not publicly announcing them. It is frustrating.
@natnickeep (2338)
• United States
18 Jul 10
I checked mine and it's not on there. I have had my facebook forever but I assumer when I did I didn't put an exact address or a phone number. Social sites do not require those. I only put important info on important things. It keeps me from having to ever worry about my privacy issues.
• United States
18 Jul 10
That was very smart of you!
@jaypeesol (219)
• Philippines
18 Jul 10
I know about it and I don't mind. One, I only posted my cellphone number, which in the Philippines is very easy to change (and lose, if someone steals your cellphone). I didn't post my home phone number. Two, I only approve Facebook friends that I have met personally, or, in case of my online friends, I have known for a while.
• United States
18 Jul 10
Since I use my cell phone for business too, I would hate to have to keep changing my number.
@eileenleyva (20223)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
That is not right! We all have the right to keep our contact numbers to our own preferred friends. Facebook doesn't have the right to divulge our numbers to just about everyone.
• United States
18 Jul 10
it depends on what your settings are on. if it says friends of friends then many more people have access to it.
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• United States
17 Jul 10
This has already been said, lol, just a few mins ago, and they are with you http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2358109.aspx
• United States
17 Jul 10
Sorry I did not notice it
@tap0991 (2767)
• United States
18 Jul 10
Did you know its only there because you out it there? And that you gave them permission to do so? You have to read through these thing and stop complaining about what they do because its all there.
@babymc23 (153)
• Philippines
18 Jul 10
Hi! Thanks for this information! I just did it today. Thanks again, Have a great day!
@krajibg (11932)
• Guwahati, India
18 Jul 10
Hi, No, I have not noticed it yet. Might be because we have not done our privacy settings. Personally I do not bother even if they are posted. It would rather be a nice thing to receive phone calls from friends and foes and this is up to you to respond or not to respond. Are there other threats? If it is just let me know. thanks for the info.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
18 Jul 10
Why would anyone list their phone number anyway? I don't get it. I would never list my phone number online no matter what the site. There is nothing private online. I think people should take precaution on any online service.
@Elixiress (3882)
18 Jul 10
It doesn't bother me as I never put my mobile number on facebook to begin with since I didn't find it necessary for them to know my phone number. However, I do find it quite useful, because my sister rang me earlier and while I don't have her number stored on my phone, my phone is linked up to facebook (I have a HTC Desire smartphone) so her facebook photo showed up as the call came through.
@lunchz (44)
18 Jul 10
luckily i didn't post any numbers at my account ahaha!