Facebook using 2FA cell numbers for spam, replies get posted to the platform

Facebook is reportedly spamming some users by text, using a cell number they provided only for use in two-factor authentication.

In common with many services, Facebook allows you to protect your account by requiring a code when you first login from a new device. That code is texted to a cell number you provide for the purpose – but a number of users have reported it being used without their permission for notifications about posts by friends …

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Facebook’s two-factor authentication system auto-posts replies on your profile

Facebook’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system has come under fire today for some bizarre design elements that seem to have gone largely unnoticed for quite some time. Bay Area software engineer Gabriel Lewis noticed earlier this week that Facebook was using the same phone number he used for 2FA, which offers a more secure way to log into an online account by asking for secondary confirmation of the user’s identity, to notify him about friends’ posts.

Even worse, it seems that replying to this message with any message, such as “Please stop,” auto-posts that message to your Facebook profile. (It doesn’t cause the messages to stop, either.) The Verge confirmed that this behavior occurs with any reply to a Facebook 2FA text message,…

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Google team will bring Smart Replies to more chat apps

If you've wanted to use Google's canned Smart Replies in chat apps, you've been limited to using Allo or (if you're on the right carrier) Android Messages. But what if you're one of the many, many people using something else? Don't fret: Google's e…
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Google is testing ‘Reply,’ a new app that adds smart replies to popular messaging apps

One of Allo’s highlight features is Smart Reply, where the app guesses what you might respond to a message with, and adds a button to send that response. A few other apps have implemented it as well, like Android Messages, but usually not in notifications. Google seems to be testing an app called ‘Reply,’ which adds smart replies to other messaging apps.

Invites to test Reply were sent out by Area 120, a division of Google that works on experimental products.

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Project Fi gets smart replies via the Android Messages app

Google’s smart replies have shown up in a few apps including Inbox (the original), Gmail, and Allo. Now, this handy feature has arrived in the Android Messages app. However, it’s not for everyone. This is a feature for Project Fi subscribers only.

Those among you who use Fi might be thinking you’ve already seen this. Maybe you’ve even had it for several months. Indeed, some of you have. This is an example of Google’s extended unannounced testing—classic Google.

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