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Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it may have unintentionally uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million new users on the social media site since May 2016.
The contacts were not shared with anyone and the company is deleting them, Facebook told Reuters in a statement, adding that users whose contacts were imported will be notified.
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Business Insider had earlier reported that the social media company harvested email contacts of the users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.
Facebook has been hit by a number of privacy-related issues, including a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees.
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Last year, the company came under fire following revelations that Cambridge Analytica obtained personal data of millions of people’s Facebook profiles without their consent.
Facebook told Business Insider that it did not mean to upload these contacts, and is now in the process of deleting them.
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Facebook did not respond to Reuters request for comment outside regular business hours.
The company has been dealing with a months-long public relations nightmare over its handling of personal user data, which the social media giant reportedly gave to app developers who spent big on advertising and who were 'friends' of CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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Earlier this week, a trove of leaked documents revealed years of internal deliberations over user data at Facebook, indicating privacy was used as public justification for business decisions designed to gain 'leverage' against competition.
Some 4,000 pages of highly sensitive Facebook internal documents, largely spanning 2011 to 2015, were leaked to a British journalist who shared them with several outlets, according to NBC News.
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The documents, which include emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries, appear to show Facebook's internal deliberations on whether to sell user data to third party app developers.
It appears the Facebook...
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