I usually hate messages on Facebook that sound so alarmist, and today’s post at least 10 of my friends and family put up sounded much like the rest of them, like a bunch of BS. So I started digging around and found a great explanation over at Gawker.com. Here is an excerpt from the post. I recommend that if you use Facebook, that you read up on it.
Facebook users are freaking out over the fact that the numbers of all their cellphone contacts are showing up on Facebook. What’s going on? Is Mark Zuckerberg planning the world’s largest phon-a-thon?
A scary message is being passed around Facebook, warning that you and all your buddies’ cell phone numbers are visible to the world. It goes something like this:
“OMG this is for real everyone!!!! Warning to ALL …ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE are now on Facebook! No joke – go to the top right of the screen, click on Account, then click on Edit Friends, go left on the screen and click Contacts. All phone numbers are published!! Please re-post this on your Status, so you r friends can remove their numbers and thus prevent abuse if they do not want them published.”
Then Gizmodo gave a step by step instruction on how to stop Facebook syncing your personal contacts to their greedy little servers. Here is a part of the article.
Facebook loves doing unexpected things with your data. Now it’s culling numbers from your phone and adding them to its online database to “help you” find contacts. Don’t trust Facebook with your mom’s number? Here’s how to fix it.
If you’re syncing, Facebook’s iPhone app will pull the numbers in your phone’s contact file and upload them to Facebook. While it notes that these numbers are only visible to you, Facebook has a way of, let’s say, shifting its policies.
So, thank you friends on Facebook for getting my attention about this data mining, though you can turn off your caps-lock!