no you can’t have my mobile number

I guess, like me, many parents will have facebook accounts simply as a means of communicating with their kids. In the past I have used my account as a way of finding out what my kids actually do, or like in the way of music for example. This can be more fruitful than attempting a conversation with a grumpy teenager. My kids are no longer teenagers so I don’t use it much these days. However I tried today to check my son’s page in the hope that it might give me some inspiration for a christmas present. Facebook won’t let me log on unless I give it a mobile phone number.

image of facebook login page

No Zuckerberg, you cannot have my mobile number. And I am seriously pissed off that I cannot now even get to my account to delete it.

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    • Peter on 2011/11/25 at 2:49 am

    Mick, you can click on “Continue” without entering a number. Farcebook has been trying to con me into giving them even more personal details as well.

    By the way, it’s not just Farcebook that tries to harass you into providing this data, Google is at it too..

    • Mick on 2011/11/25 at 12:29 pm


    No I can’t. f***book responds: “You have not successfully confirmed a phone number. Please try again.” Having decided I do not wish to provide further personal information, I should have the right to delete that account at the point at which I have successfully authenticated.

    And yes, I know that google is a worse offender.


    • mike hunt on 2012/05/09 at 1:54 pm

    They want your number because mainly cellphone numbers are directly linked to you via bank details etc. As you can see my email is totally ficticious, my phone is payg, the web dongle is vodafone payg also but I am at this time sitting in the greenhouse on my allotment tapping into someone elses wifi. Google can go suck my rusty spade if it thinks Im going to give up my privacy. Signed the right dishonorable reverend [artificial-and-offensive-name-deleted-in-the interests-of-decency]

    • Mick on 2012/05/09 at 2:16 pm

    Mike (and yes, I know that is not your real name)

    Whilst I might agree with your sentiments, I do not agree with your analysis, nor do I approve of you hijacking someone else’s wifi (if that is actually what you are doing – your IP address is part of a block owned by Opal Telecom’s DSL Network – probably used by TalkTalk).

    I can see why facebook might want my mobile number, but they aren’t getting it. My real point here was that I cannot now delete the account without first giving them what they want.


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