(Reuters) — Fb mentioned on Wednesday it might have “unintentionally uploaded” e mail contacts of 1.5 million new customers since Might 2016, in what appears to be the most recent privacy-related challenge confronted by the social media firm.
In March, Fb had stopped providing e mail password verification as an possibility for individuals who signed up for the primary time, the corporate mentioned. There have been circumstances by which e mail contacts of individuals had been uploaded to Fb once they created their account, the corporate mentioned.
“We estimate that as much as 1.5 million folks’s e mail contacts might have been uploaded. These contacts weren’t shared with anybody and we’re deleting them,” Fb advised Reuters, including that customers whose contacts had been imported will probably be notified.
The underlying glitch has been fastened, based on the corporate assertion.
Enterprise Insider had earlier reported that the social media firm harvested e mail contacts of the customers with out their data or consent once they opened their accounts.
When an e mail password was entered, a message popped up saying it was “importing” contacts with out asking for permission first, the report mentioned.
Fb has been hit by a lot of privacy-related points just lately, together with a glitch that uncovered passwords of tens of millions of customers saved in readable format inside its inside techniques to its workers.
Final yr, the corporate got here beneath fireplace following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting agency, obtained private information of tens of millions of individuals’s Fb profiles with out their consent.
The corporate has additionally been dealing with criticism from lawmakers internationally for what has been seen by some as tricking folks into giving private information to Fb and for the presence of hate speech and information portability on the platform.
Individually, Fb was requested to make sure its social media platform shouldn’t be abused for political functions or to unfold misinformation throughout elections.
(Reporting by Ishita Chigilli Palli and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, Enhancing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)