- Users are being asked to provide their email credentials via Facebook to sign up for the social media platform.
- The company has reportedly said it will stop verification via this method.
Facebook has been unable to catch a break when it comes to privacy leaks and it seems that it has again landed in hot water for yet another fiasco. The online social networking platform has reportedly been asking new users to log in with their passwords for the email id they used while signing up for a Facebook account. When one is done providing basic information to Facebook, they are sent to another webpage that asks them to “Confirm their email address.” Here, one needs to log into their Google account to verify their email address and enter their Gmail password to get a Facebook account.
While the sign-in window that pops up when signing into a Google account is a standard sign in page, there is no need for the company to ask for this information. Normally, one would be sent a code on their registered email address and they simply need to enter it into Facebook to verify their email address. “We understand the password verification option isn’t the best way to go about this, so we are going to stop offering it,” Facebook told Daily Beast. As you will observe in the image below, we tried signing up for Facebook and the same option showed up for us as well.
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This is definitely not the first time Facebook has received flak for implementing lax security and privacy measures. As per a recent report, the online social media platform stored millions of user passwords in plain text for several years. These passwords were apparently made searchable by thousands of Facebook employees and an ongoing investigation is said to be taking place at Facebook., which shows no signs of a breach in the records. The company is currently looking into past security failures where applications developed by employees logged unencrypted password data of Facebook users in internal servers.