FACEBOOK can have your phone number and email address even if you have never registered with the social network.
Anyone who has your contact information and has uploaded their phone address book to the platform may not realize that they have basically shared the data with Facebook owner Meta.
This includes the company’s other apps, Instagram and Messenger.
Understandably, some people are uncomfortable with the tech giant keeping their data.
Luckily, Facebook has a secret tool you can use to request that your phone numbers or email addresses be removed.
“Someone may have uploaded their address book to Facebook, Messenger, or Instagram with your contact information,” Facebook says.
“You can ask us to confirm if we have your phone number or email address.
“If we do this, you can request that we delete it from our address book database.
“To prevent it from being re-uploaded to this database via someone else’s address book, we need to keep a copy on our blacklist.”
Annoyingly, you can only request one bit of data at a time.
So you cannot demand that your mobile, landline and email address be deleted at the same time.
You must make each request separately.
How do I remove my number from Facebook
You can now submit your request by visiting facebook.com/contacts/removal.
Choose the type of data you want to remove. Remember that you can only make one request at a time.
Once you’ve decided on a phone number, make sure you change the area code to the correct country.
You should then choose where Facebook should fish out your personal information.
It’s probably easier to just tick both to be on the safe side.
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