Account Recovery Deactivated, Facebook Says Public Profiles Are at Risk
Going by the recent chain of events (majority of which are unpleasant) in the social media giant company, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and his platform users may not be in good times ever again. The CEO and billionaire last week Wednesday released a puzzling statement, saying that most members of the Facebook community may have to consider that their information and details being made public on their profiles are rubbed.
Zuckerberg said that he believes users with definite ‘enabled’ search feature must have been affected by intruders or outsiders who would have tampered with their individual profiles.
While answering questions on this issue, Zuckerberg explained that the company’s management had witnessed some scouring. He said he thinks that if a member used the privacy setting to activate his or her profile, then such member is at the risk of opening the door wide open for intruders to come in and access his or her details at one point or another.
The CEO was talking about the part of the setting where members give permission for other members to learn more about them by searching through their e-mails or mobile numbers rather than just use the name.
The executive officer of Facebook Inc technology, Mike Schroepfer, while talking on behalf of the company in one blog message that was posted earlier, shared the same opinion. Schroepfer wrote in one segment that deliberated on account discovery and search functions on the platform, that till date, the user could gain access to someone else’ contact number and emails through the ‘search’ option on Facebook to assist in finding them out.
He went on to say that this feature has really been helpful, particularly when looking for your loved ones in foreign languages that require more time and struggle to write down the person’s name in full, or in a situation where a lot of members bear the same identity. For instance, Bangladesh has issues in this area because the feature constitutes 7 percent of every search.
But, dubious users have as well misused these functions to clean or get details on the profiles of members who enabled ‘public’ feature by dropping contact numbers or emails which they have posted before through the account recovery and search. Going by the statistics and the level of tact in the operations of these nefarious individuals, which the management has witnessed, Schroepfer believes that majority of the Facebook community members could be affected by having their profiles put on ‘public’ mode scraped through this method.
Due to this malicious activity, the technology officer announced that the platform operators have deactivated that function. They are also working on effecting some changes in the aspect of account recovery to cut down the possibility of rubbing people’s profiles, Schroepfer concluded.
Not a positive sign
However, this recent information is related to the claims being made by the company that Cambridge Analytica, the database analytical company that specializes in political data operations, gained entry to the personal data belonging to more than 87 million members of Facebook community, a contrary information to the popular news that the affected people were just 50 million.
Many accusations and counter-accusations have continued to trail the company in the midst of its Cambridge Analytica scandal, while the users are being placed at the centre of it all.
All is now clear that the privacy of Facebook users is no longer safe with all these emerging facts about stealing and scraping of details. The FTC is still waiting for Zuckerberg to grind the axe concerning the supposed 50 million users’ personal data, and the lawmakers at the Congress are also observing the situation as it unfolds.
In addition, Facebook is not ready to adopt every principle of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in its restructuring.
Now, with Zuckerberg and Schroepfer’s assertion, one may be tempted to ask for how long this will continue. If Facebook could betray its users’ trust and another set of dubious beings could add insult to the injury by wiping out profiles of fellow members, then the coming months will require deep thinking on the part of the users.
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