Sadly, the same can't be said about Facebook. Despite telling people that phone numbers used for two-factor authentication (2FA) wouldn't be used for anything else, it's been revealed that the company also uses those numbers to help Facebook users find people's accounts, and there's no way to prevent that process.
Its data collection is so complicated as it gathers this data from lots of sources (including from people who don't even have Facebook accounts) that it has to come up with new features that in order to stop this collection. And the worst part of the story is you in no way can opt-out of this.
While users can personally restrict this feature - so that they only appear to Friends, or Friends Of Friends - it's still set to Everyone by default. It also looks like Facebook isn't going to allow users to opt out as its core business is run by ads.
He has some simple advice for Facebook users: "TL;DR: Login-with-Phone-Number is the new Login-with-Facebook".
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While it is possible to take the setting down a couple of notches so only friends, or friends of friends, can search for you in this way, there is no way to disable it entirely.
Unlike previous revelations about their system weaknesses, it seems Facebook was very much aware of the entire scenario and kept quiet. By default, once your mobile number has been added to your account for two-factor authentication purposes, Facebook enables anyone to search for you using it.
But the ability to find someone's Facebook account with their phone number was only publicized Friday by Jeremy Burge, chief emoji officer at Emojipedia, an emoji reference website. Facebook also acknowledged the concern by stating, "We appreciate the feedback we've received about these settings and will take it into account".
Although not a complete solution but Facebook does give some solution to lessen the potential impact it can have.
Now, users who once added their phone number for security are faced with a privacy setting that asks them who can look them up using that number.