Facebook likely has your contact info — even if you never signed up for its services. Here's how to remove it.
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What did you do in the brief window that Instagram was down yesterday? Maybe you laid face down in the dark or maybe you didn't even notice the outage. Either way, it appears to be back up, so we can all return to our regularly scheduled Instagramming.
Speaking of Instagram: We reported that its parent company, Meta, likely has your contact information, even if you never shared it yourself — and even if you never signed up to use any of its services, including Instagram, Facebook, or Messenger.
Below, we break down how to delete it.
Let's get started.
1. Facebook probably has your phone number, even if you never shared it. If any of your friends shared their address books with the platform, they inadvertently offered up your information — even if you never signed up to use any core Meta service, including the Facebook app, Messenger, or Instagram.
- Now, there's a secret tool to let you delete your info. Facebook quietly rolled out the service, which lets people check whether the firm holds their contact information (such as their phone number or email address), and delete and block it.
- Though the tool appears to have been available since May 2022, the company does not seem to have said anything publicly about it — and it's not easy to find on your own.
- The tool is well-hidden, and apparently only available via a link that is embedded 780 words into a fairly obscure page in Facebook's help section for non-users.
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