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Facebook is restricting how people can search for users

Published 4/4/2018 by IanDorfman

In the wake of controversy surrounding Facebook and its mishandling of 87 million of its users' data being shared with Cambridge Analytica, the social network has announced drastic changes to how it is handling data access.

Facebook explains in its newsroom post announcing the restrictions that it is no longer allowing users of the social network to be searched for by phone number or email address. The company is also changing how its account recovery process works in order to curb profile scraping and identity theft.

In addition to the above refinements, Facebook will be displaying a banner on the top of users' news feeds in order to communicate what third party applications and services might have used their Facebook account data and what data was shared to them. This banner will begin to be displayed on April 9th.

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