Sometimes it’s easy to forget the true extent of Mark Zuckerberg’s empire. In addition to Facebook (the social network with the most users), Meta has some of the most popular applications in the world, such as WhatsApp or Instagram. This allowed him to obtain an incredible amount of data, from billions of people around the world. Even if they don’t have an account.
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There are many occasions in which Facebook, and by extension Meta, can obtain data from users who are not registered on its platform. In this case, the company creates a special type of account to store this information, often without their knowledge or consent.
For example, Facebook has had a run-in with European justice, using the “Like” button and the code inserted into web pages to track users and collect their information even if they do not have an account on the platform.
Facebook can have your data
Another way Meta has to obtain data from unregistered users is through users’ friends and acquaintances. Applications like Messenger or Instagram allow download our contact list to find them easily, but therefore, Meta keeps this information; In other words, Meta may have your phone number even though you didn’t give it to them, just because an acquaintance who did downloaded it.
The good news is that there is a way to find and remove this information, although Meta doesn’t make it easy. In reality, it was a secret, because although the method is public, the company did not announce it and did not warn the users concerned; it was only when Business Intern The discovery we have known of the existence of this tool.
The webpage is hidden among the tangle of pages that make up Facebook’s Help, but it’s directly accessible with this link. It consists of a series of questions that we must answer in order for Meta to remove our information from its database.
- Meta Contact Removal Tool
The first thing we have to do is indicate what data we want to delete, be it mobile number, landline number or email address.
Then we must enter the phone number or address, and choose where we want the search to be carried out, whether on Facebook (Messenger included) or on Instagram. To confirm the deletion, we must enter a code that will be sent to the contact method that we want to delete. Keep in mind that if the data wasn’t there, nothing will happen.