Facebook deceived users about the way it used phone numbers, facial recognition, FTC to allege in complaint

Posted in: Government & Policy at 24/07/2019 21:01

The Federal Trade Commission plans to allege that Facebook misled users about its handling of their phone numbers as part of a wide-ranging complaint that accompanies a settlement ending the government’s privacy probe, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In the complaint, which has not yet been released, federal regulators take issue with Facebook’s earlier implementation of a security feature called two-factor authentication. It allows users to request a one-time password, sent by text message, each time they log on to the social-networking site.

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