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What’s really up with Facebook’s phone number flap


The rumors began in the midd le of last week: Facebook was snatching your phone numbers from your mobile phone address book and were publishing them for everyone to see. You may have seen a message like this yourself:

Friends! “ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE are now PUBLISHED on Facebook! Go to the top right of the screen, click on Account, then click on Edit Friends, go left on the screen and click on Contacts. Then go to the right hand side and click on “visit page” to remove this display option. Please repost this on your Status, so your friends can remove their numbers and thus prevent abuse if they do not want them published.”

It wasn’t true and it wasn’t really new, but there’s enough truth in it that even without the sensationalism I, for one, am concerned.

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