Palo Alto, Calif. – In response to feedback from users, Facebook
has temporarily disabled a change it made over the weekend that expanded the
information a user can share with third-party websites and applications to
include their physical addresses and mobile telephone numbers.

While Facebook
said the expansion of personal information sharing would let users, for
example, "sign up for up-to-the-minute alerts on special deals directly to
your mobile phone," some had speculated that rogue applications could
potentially be developed to cull users’ addresses and mobile numbers.

In its
statement announcing suspension of the move, the company said it will also
"make changes to help ensure you only share this information when you
intend to do so," adding that it plans to re-enable the feature "in
the next few weeks."


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