Privacy

Where do those “Recommended Friends” come from?

Have you ever logged onto Facebook to find “Recommended Friends” that you didn’t expect to see? Maybe someone you briefly met on Tinder, or a co-worker you hate? I think many people are unaware that, by default, the Facebook app on mobile devices automatically imports your contact list, continuously (this includes, so far as I can tell, every piece of information about them that you have stored).

I started noticing this a long time ago, but I sense that there are many who just assume Facebook is omniscient and don’t give it another thought. There are many reasons you may not want to give up this power, and so far as I can tell, the only way to stop importing this information is to delete the Facebook app from your phone. If anyone is aware of a specific privacy setting one can use to disable this behavior, leave a comment on this post!

If you’ve already unwittingly imported your contacts (you can see them here) and want to remove them, click here.