On Wednesday, Facebook Inc stated that it might have “accidentally uploaded” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016, in what appears to be the most recent privacy-related issue faced by the social media company.
In March, Facebook had halted providing email password verification as an option to people who signed up on their networking platform for the first time, as per the company’s statement. There were instances when email contacts of people were uploaded to Facebook when they opened a new account.
Facebook told reporters that they believe that up to 1.5 million people’s email contacts might have been uploaded. It even stated that the contact details won’t be shared with anyone and they would be deleting them soon. Moreover, users whose contacts were imported would be informed about it.
According to the company statement, the underlying flaw/ error has been fixed. It was earlier reported that the social media company collected email contacts of the users without their knowledge or approval when they created their accounts.
As per reports, when an email password was entered, a message popped up stating that it was “importing” contacts without taking for any permission from the users.
Facebook has been hit hard by a number of privacy-related matters recently, including a flaw that divulged passwords of millions of users, which was stored in readable format within its internal systems to its own employees.
The company has also been facing denunciation from legislators across the globe for what has been seen by some as fooling people into giving personal data to Facebook and for the presence of hate speech and data portability on the platform.