FaceBook Virus or Ethics Violation?

FaceBook presently seems to be demanding a cell phone number as a condition of logging on. It could be a virus forwarding mobile phone numbers to China or Siberia for posting unauthorized charges to cell phones to steal money, or it could be FaceBook actually pulling the same stunt themselves for the same reason — to place unauthorized charges on the cell phones. It cannot be to authenticate customers as they are already authenticated through providing a valid non-public (not yahoo, hotmail, msn, etc.) email address.

One comment to this article

  1. kubulai

    on September 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm -

    It appears to be a cell phone number grab by FaceBook itself. They do not provide an obvious option to escape their retaining your cell phone number and immediately begin texting you posts. You can turn it off in Accounts / MOBILE by deleting your cell phone number. HOWEVER, since they have a record of your number, there is no reason to believe that they could not recall it later and use it again.