Facebook Uploaded 1.5 Million Users' Email Unintentionally

Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

Facebook faces another privacy-related issue as they admit that they have unintentionally uploaded the email contacts of almost 1.5 million users.

Facebook on Wednesday went to publicly declare that they may have unintentionally uploaded the email as well as the contacts almost 1.5 million users. The uploading allegedly takes place even without the user's permission.

The Facebook representative assures the public that the contact details, as well as the emails, were not shared with anyone. FB assured everyone that they are currently deleting all the details that went along the email contacts from the 1.5 million users.

Facebook declared that they have stopped the option to key in the email as well as the password at user's first day of signing up on the application since March 2019. There were previously reported cases of people signing up a Facebook account, asked to give their email address, password and some important details ending up seeing the screen say "importing" even without the user's consent.

The incident which Facebook calls an internet glitch was reported solved. The company also assured that users whose contact information was imported will immediately be notified.

This is not the first time for Facebook to get involved in a privacy-related issue. The company has been set on fury just a few weeks ago after the public found out that almost half a billion Facebook users' personal data were exposed on Amazon cloud servers publicly through the third-party apps through a readable format that even Facebook employees were able to access.

In December 2018, private photos of 6.8 million Facebook users were exposed to third-party apps. The incident was due to an API bug. Tomer Bar, engineering director at Facebook immediately stood to apologize and assured the impacted users that their photos were deleted immediately.

Luckily, the glitch did not affect the photos sent through Facebook Messenger. The company also conducted investigations to warn the affected users.

In November of the same year, 120 million private Facebook messages were attempted to be sold using a third party extensions platform. Months before the November issue, View As features and access tokens encountered glitches that put the account of 50 million Facebook users into compromise.

Probably one of the most challenging for Facebook was the Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm encounter. The firm was reported to gather data from millions of Facebook users such as personal information, email and more even without the user's consent.

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