Feb 282011
 
 February 28, 2011  Business, Online, Youth & Schools

Jim Puzzanghera reports:

Facebook said Monday it was “actively considering” whether to allow third-party applications to request mobile phone numbers and addresses from users younger than 18.

The ability of applications to request that information from users of the social networking site has been the subject of controversy since Facebook first allowed it in January. Facebook disabled the feature a couple of days later after criticism from some users and privacy experts.

In a letter to lawmakers released Monday, Facebook said it was working to “re-enable” the feature but with changes. In addition to possibly disabling the feature for minors, Facebook said it was considering revising the permission screen that users see before they give their approval to an application to make it clearer what information they are sharing.

Read more in the L.A. Times.

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