Facebook is spamming users of its two-factor authentications security

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge

Facebook is bleeding users, with external researchers estimating that the social network lost 2.8 million USA users under 25 past year.

The social media giant implemented a new authentication mechanism a few months ago, but a number of users have complained that Facebook isn't using 2FA exclusively for security. If the company is indeed intentionally using 2FA phone numbers to lure users back to Facebook without getting those users' express user consent, it could open the company up to lawsuits.

He believes that Facebook is using 2FA to send account holders SMS notifications about posts from friends without them even signing up. (It doesn't cause the messages to stop, either.) The Verge confirmed that this behavior occurs with any reply to a Facebook 2FA text message, and other users have popped up on Twitter to say both Facebook and Instagram have spammed them with notifications to their 2FA phone number. Should you reply with something along the lines of "do not text me", or "f*ck off, facebook", this will automatically be posted to your Facebook profile. I say another as one is already underway regarding the sending of unauthorized birthday reminder text messages. In order to do that, though, Facebook requires you supply a phone number. Even worse than that, though, attempting to respond to those text messages saw his responses appear on Facebook as posts.

"Instead, it abuses it to SMS spam to drive up engagement, and when you reply to spam, is posts it on your wall".

Prominent Turkish writer, Zeynep Tufekci, who was outspoken in her criticism of the flaws, asked whether anyone in the European Union had been affected, and at the time of writing, nobody has responded to say they have.

Millions of users, particularly in the USA, have abandoned the website as a result of privacy, spam and security problems - although its decline in mature markets has been masked by continuing growth in developing markets.

In a statement, Facebook said: "We give people control over their notifications, including those that relate to security features like two-factor authentication".

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