First it was 50 million, then it was 87 Million, now it is 2.2 BILLION!
“We believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way.”
Oh! Shock! Horror! Farcebook lied/ Forgot/ Prevaricated/ Obfuscated/ stuffed up AGAIN. Imagine That!
That wonderful, open, disingenuous honest lad Mark Zuckerberg made a teen, tiny mistake.
It was (Once Again) LOTS more people
Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, explained that prior to yesterday, “people could enter another person’s phone number or email address into Facebook search to help find them.” This function would help you cut through all the John Smiths and locate the page of your John Smith. He gave the example of Bangladesh where the tool was used for 7 per cent of all searches. Thing is, it was also useful to data-scrapers. Schroepfer wrote:
However, malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery. Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we’ve seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way. So we have now disabled this feature. We’re also making changes to account recovery to reduce the risk of scraping as well.