Facebook is asking users to disclose passwords for their personal email accounts in order to access the social Media platform, the media reported.
A message has been flashing some Facebook users’ log-in display, demanding them to enter the password of this email ID they built their Facebook account on, The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday.
“To keep on using Facebook, you’ll want to confirm your email,” the message demands, followed by a form requesting customers’ email password.
How broadly the new step was deployed remains unclear.
In a statement, Facebook stated users maintain the option of bypassing the password demand and activating their account through more conventional means, for example”a code sent to their telephone or a link sent to their email”.
“We know the password confirmation option isn’t the ideal way to go about it, so we are going to quit giving it,” the report quoted Facebook as stating.
The further login step was discovered over the weekend with a cyber-security watcher on Twitter known as”e-sushi”.
The requirement from Facebook, which is ill-reputed for consumer data and security breaches, has started making the rounds only two weeks after Facebook admitted to have had stored around 200-600 million user-passwords in plain text, searchable by over 20,000 Facebook workers.