Today, Facebook posted a blog post describing the changes that it has made to how it manages the data of its users. Among the said new changes is a tweak to how the platform collects and stores the call and text history of its users. For those that are using Facebook Lite or Messenger on Android, an opt-in feature compiles the call and text history of users, which the company says is utilised to help it surface the contacts that the users frequently talk to most. In its blog post that was published today, Facebook said that it has examined the said feature and can confirm that it does not actually collect the content of any of the messages of the users. Additionally, it says that it will delete logs that are older than a year and only the data that are required for the functionality of the feature will be collected, meaning that no further data, including call times, will be stored.
The collection of text and call history started to become an issue last March when Dylan McKay, a software developer, discovered the said logs after downloading a copy of his account data. At the time, the social media giant insisted that it was an opt-in feature that users had to agree to in order for the said logs to be collected. The company also said that the text and call history data were never sold.