If I see one more posting freaking out about Facebook and phone numbers...

I may just have to excuse myself to go sit on the deck and drink.

Apparently a whole bunch of people figured out yesterday that the Contacts list in your Facebook account gets populated with phone numbers. Most of these numbers were provided by the friends themselves and shared with you. If, however, you used the FB smartphone application on your smartphone AND chose to sync your contact list in your phone with it, then FB also tries to add those people to your friends/contacts list. This information is, however, visible only to you. And YOU TOLD FACEBOOK TO DO IT. Stop having a fit because FB does what you tell it.

In any event, there is an easy solution. You can quite easily delete the phone numbers in your contacts list. You can also have your smartphone NOT sync your contact list. And you can also delete any phone number for yourself that you provided to FB. While you're in messing with your account settings, you might want to review the rest of the privacy settings for your account as well just to verify who can see the information you have provided. Just because you can see things on your screen doesn't mean the rest of the world can also see that information. (It would be handy if FB had a "Show me what my profile looks like if I'm a: 1) stranger, 2) friend or 3) me" like Google+ can do.)


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