On Wednesday, Facebook said it may have unintentionally uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million new users on the social media site since May 2016.
The contacts were not shared with anyone and the company is deleting them, Facebook told Reuters in a statement, adding that users whose contacts were imported will be notified.
Business Insider had earlier reported that the social media company harvested email contacts of the users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.
However, Facebook has been lately hit by a number of privacy-related issues, including a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees.
Last year, the company came under fire following revelations that Cambridge Analytica obtained personal data of millions of people’s Facebook profiles without their consent.
Facebook told Business Insider that it did not mean to upload these contacts, and is now in the process of deleting them.
The company has been dealing with a months-long public relations nightmare over its handling of personal user data, which the social media giant reportedly gave to app developers who spent big on advertising and who were ‘friends’ of CEO Mark Zuckerberg.