Facebook Anti-Takeover Feature Modified
Although controversial, Facebook’s way to protect its account users – by requesting their mobile phone numbers where login approvals were needed- was valuable enough to the company to have received some tweaks over the weekend. Now, instead of including mobile device passwords in a reverse lookup database, the phone numbers have been removed. But Facebook spokespersons are saying this move is only a temporary one while the company works out how to allow users to opt out of the reverse lookup feature.
Why is the feature so controversial? Because any user wanting more protection would, in exchange, risk exposure of their mobile phone numbers to possibly all users of Facebook. It also seems that entering a mobile phone number is now mandatory for anyone wanting a Facebook account, something that is sure to create further controversy in future.