Facebook using contact information to suggest friends

01 Sep 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

A report revealed that when people gave Facebook admittance to their phone contacts, Facebook used that information to make friend recommendations.

That's how people often see their ex-colleagues etc who are contacts on their phones on the "People You May Know" list.

Facebook incidentally used an algorithm analyzing the network of phone contacts and assumed all the people are connected.

In context: Is privacy on social networks a farce?

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A report revealed that Facebook tracked the location of users' smartphones to suggest you to people you've shared a GPS data point with.

This could have disastrous security effects.

It would share the name and identity of two people in the same location, for e.g. 2 patients of the same doctor might get suggested each other because they were in the same hospital.

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Facebook's unveiled its new app, Lifestage, is a social network specifically for and entailed kids putting their selfies and interacting with their fellow classmates.

But it raised security concerns as it was easy to fake on the app and anyone could pose as a high-schooler.

Also, the kids had no way to find who was watching.

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