The contact info you gave to Facebook for security is being used to target you with ads

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Facebook has confirmed that it has been using the 2FA contact information provided by users for targeted advertisement.  


This means that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number becomes targetable by advertisers. So users who want their accounts to be more secure are forced to make a privacy trade-off and allow advertisers to more easily find them on the social network, Gizmodo reports.
 
When asked about this, a Facebook spokesperson said that “we use the information people provide to offer a more personalized experience, including showing more relevant ads.” She said users bothered by this can set up two-factor authentication without using their phone numbers; Facebook stopped making a phone number mandatory for two-factor authentication four months ago.

Questioned by US lawmakers on the same, founder Mark Zuckerberg has in the past been quoted refuting these claims saying that Facebook only gathers this information for security purposes.

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