Facebook has made changes to the mobile registration and login procedure in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. From now on, users can prevent their phone number from being shared with Facebook by their telecom provider.
The modified Facebook registration and login procedures are specifically intended for users in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. In those regions, users often connect to Facebook with the mobile app via telecom providers that are Facebook partners. In these areas, there are relatively many people who do not have an e-mail address, which means they are forced to register and register via a mobile phone number. When changing operators and using multiple SIM cards, this can cause problems because the identification of a mobile number is usually linked to the primary SIM card.
Facebook, therefore, asks partner telecom companies for the current telephone number of users in order to enter it permanently if users register, log in or want to change their password. Apparently the social network did not inform users sufficiently, because with the changed procedures Facebook will explicitly report that it requests telephone numbers. Users also get an opt-out option to prevent their mobile providers from sharing their number. The number will then no longer appear automatically on the registration or registration screen in the future.
To prevent users from logging in to Facebook at a later time, a modified screen will appear when logging out. With a button, Facebook members can save their login details here, so that they can use the social network again at a later time.
Facebook reports that it uses the requested telephone numbers to access the accounts, but also to ‘be able to offer programs in collaboration with mobile providers’. Facebook was discredited earlier because it encouraged users to add phone numbers to their account for security reasons. Since last September, Facebook has been reporting in the notification for adding phone numbers that it is being used for more than just security. Facebook did not offer an opt-out for a long time to be found based on their telephone number.