Facebook has gotten rid of a number of accounts and pages that promoted and sold Social Security Numbers, addresses, telephone number, and alleged charge card numbers of dozens of people, following a report by news site Motherboard.
“Posts including information like social Security Numbers or charge card information are not enabled on Facebook, and we eliminate this material when we become aware of it,” a Facebook spokesperson stated on Tuesday.
A Google search still brings up a few public Facebook posts that use to offer individual information consisting of credit card numbers.
Hackers have marketed databases of personal details on the social platform and Motherboard reported on Tuesday that Facebook has held stolen identities and social security numbers for several years.
The report said at least some of the data in these posts appeared real. The news site stated it had the ability to validate the very first 4 digits of the social security numbers, names, addresses, and dates of birth for four people whose data appears in a post from July 2014.
Shares of Facebook were down 3.9 percent at $159.32 (approximately Rs.10,627).
Last week, Facebook erased almost 120 personal discussion groups of more than 300,000 members, after looking out by a report from journalist Brian Krebs that the groups flagrantly promoted a host of illicit activities, including spamming, wire fraud, account takeovers, and bogus tax refunds.
The greatest collection of groups banned were those promoting the sale and usage of taken credit and debit card accounts, and the next biggest collection of groups included those facilitating takeovers for online accounts such Amazon, Google, Netflix, and PayPal, the report stated.
Tech companies are under extreme examination about how they safeguard client data after Facebook was embroiled in a substantial scandal where countless users’ data were poorly accessed by a political consultancy.
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