Giving Your Phone Number To Facebook May Result In Inappropriate, Out Of Context Friend Suggestions
Have you ever received a friend suggestion on Facebook for a co-worker, supervisor, or client? Have you considered some of those suggestions inappropriate or highly unwanted? You’re not alone.
But just how does Facebook decide who makes it to your “People You May Know” suggestions list?
Facebook has been criticized for making inappropriate friend suggestions. Recent media coverage told of a small town therapist who was receiving friend suggestions for her clients. Worse, it seems the individual patients were recommended to each other as people they may know.
While Facebook won’t reveal the factors that make up it’s friend suggestion algorithm, one factor may be your phone number and contacts stored.
Another factor may be physical proximity while logged in to Facebook on your mobile. For example, while visiting the same coffee house, bar, or possibly, therapists office at the same time as others.
These factors are speculated. However, if you are a What’s App user, you may be aware of the confirmed news that What’s App will be sharing user phone numbers with it’s new parent company, Facebook. This may result in you receiving new unwanted friend suggestions, especially if you have used What’s App in the past for it’s purported discretion for something such as online dating.
Facebook can be a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family. It can be a great tool for business promotion. And Facebook is working towards being your preferred communication tool as it works toward disrupting standard communication methods such as SMS or even voice calls made made over national providers lines and replacing them with it’s platform. But Facebook’s use of data may not always agree with your idea of fair use or privacy.Facebook's use of data may not always agree with your idea of fair use or privacy. Click To Tweet
Now is a great time to check your privacy settings, information and apps you have shared with Facebook.