On Wednesday, Facebook Inc claims that it may have “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016, in what was considered to be the latest privacy-related issue faced by the social media giant.
In March, it had stopped offering email password verification as an option for users, who have signed up for the first time, informed Facebook. There were reports in which email contacts of users were uploaded to Facebook at the time they created their account, it added.
Facebook told the source, “We estimate that up to 1.5 million people’s email contacts may have been uploaded. These contacts were not shared with anyone and we are deleting them,” adding that users, whose contacts were imported will be notified.
According to the social media company statement, the underlined issue has been fixed.
Earlier, Business Insider has alleged that Facebook has harvested email ids of users without their consent when they opened their accounts.
When an email password was entered, a message display saying it was “importing” contact without asking for permission, said the report.
Recently, the social media giant has been hit by a number of privacy-related issues, including an issue that has exposed passwords of millions of Facebook users, which were stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees.
In 2018, Facebook came under the following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, which is a popular political consulting firm based in the UK, gained personal data of mission of users from their social media profile without their knowledge.
Facebook has also been facing criticism from lawmakers across the globe for what has been considered by some tricking people into disclosing personal data to the social media giant and the presence of data portability and hate speech on the platform.
Meanwhile, Facebook was also asked to ensure its social media platform that it is not abused for political reasons or to spread misinformation before elections.