How to remove your phone number from Facebook

If you have been on Facebook today, you may have gotten a message like this one:

"ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE... INCLUDING YOURS are now on FACEBOOK.  Go to the top right of the screen, click on ACCOUNT, click on EDIT FRIENDS, left side of screen and click CONTACTS.  You will see all phone numbers from your phone are published that you have stored in your mobile phone."

In a statement on the social networking website, Facebook responds :

"Rumors claiming that your phone contacts are visible to everyone on Facebook are false. Our Contacts list, formerly called Phonebook, has existed for a long time. The phone numbers listed there were either added by your friends themselves and made visible to you, or you have previously synced your phone contacts with Facebook. Just like on your phone, only you can see these numbers."

To remove your phone number, log in to Facebook and click the Edit Profile button in the upper-right corner of your profile page.  There, in the left-hand column, click on Contact Information. In the area labeled Phones, you will see any phone numbers you have previously registered with Facebook. Remove any numbers you don't want there, and click the Save Changes button.

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