(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it may have “unintentionally uploaded” email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016, in what seems to be the latest privacy-related issue faced by the social media company.
FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with the Facebook logo in front of displayed “top secret” and “email” words, in this picture illustration taken December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
In March, Facebook had stopped offering email password verification as an option for people who signed up for the first time, the company said. There were cases in which email contacts of people were uploaded to Facebook when they created their account, the company said.
“We estimate that up to 1.5 million people’s email contacts may have been uploaded.