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Facebook Disables Phone and Address Sharing

Written on January 19, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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After Facebook’s decision to allow app developers to access a user’s address and mobile phone, a number ruffled a lot of feathers over the weekend. Hence they decided to halt it for a while.

Last Tuesday, All We Like reported about Facebook allowing apps to access user info like mobile number and address. But yesterday, the social networking site temporarily disabled apps to do just that. halts this feature until changes to allow users to opt-out is implemented. As ’s Douglas Purdy posted on his blog:

“On Friday, we expanded the information you are able to share with external websites and applications to include your address and mobile number (…) Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data. We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We’ll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready.”

It’s possible that Facebook’s new implementation could mean that users will have to try an application first, then decides whether or not to share contact information with it. If that will be the case, then Facebook is making a step to prevent another privacy issue incident on its hands.

What can you say about Facebook’s new move? Share you opinion by leaving a comment.

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