Date
22 May 2018
Facebook, which is struggling to contain a data privacy scandal, says it has deleted a number of accounts and pages that advertised and sold social security numbers and other information on some people. Photo: Reuters
Facebook, which is struggling to contain a data privacy scandal, says it has deleted a number of accounts and pages that advertised and sold social security numbers and other information on some people. Photo: Reuters

Facebook removes accounts advertising stolen identities

Facebook has removed a number of accounts and pages that advertised and sold social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and alleged credit card numbers of dozens of people, Reuters reports.

“Posts containing information like social security numbers or credit card information are not allowed on Facebook, and we remove this material when we become aware of it,” a company spokesman was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

A Google search, however, still pulls up a few public Facebook posts that offer to sell personal details including credit card numbers, the report noted.

Hackers have advertised databases of private information on the social platform. News website Motherboard reported on Tuesday that Facebook has held stolen identities and social security numbers for years.

The report said at least some of the data in these posts appeared real.

Motherboard said it was able to confirm the first four digits of the social security numbers, names, addresses, and dates of birth for four people whose data appears in a post from July 2014.

Last week, Facebook deleted almost 120 private discussion groups of more than 300,000 members, after being alerted by a report from a journalist that the groups flagrantly promoted a host of illicit activities.

The biggest collection of groups banned were those promoting the sale and use of stolen credit and debit card accounts.

The next largest collection of groups were said to include those facilitating takeovers for online accounts such Amazon, Google, Netflix, and PayPal.

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