I don't like Facebook as much as the next person, but the news surrounding it are getting absurd.

Now Facebook is allowing anyone to look you up using your security phone number

NOW?? That has been the case for at least a decade.

While I was still in high school somebody tried to prank me by sending me SMS from an unknown number, and I found out who it was with one Facebook search. What changed NOW? Back then Facebook was a "cool thing" and nobody dared criticizing it.

@r3bl Different things. This is about the number they ask for to enable two factor authentication and account recovery, which supposedly is visible to no one (my facebook UI still sais that).

Last year it turned out that the number was supplied to advertisers, and this article seems to be about another additional UI change which makes the 2FA number accessible to other users.

@galaxis No, it's absolutely the same thing.

Facebook introduced 2FA a long time ago (here's an article last updated in 2010: and us early adopters of it experienced this all the way back then.

@r3bl Oh, I know that. The german language UI still claims that "this number is only accessible to yourself".

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