Facebook, which yesterday revealed plans to allow users to share their addresses and mobile phone numbers with third-party application developers, has disabled the feature while it makes "changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so".

Facebook revealed the climb-down in a blog entry today, posted in response to the rapid and widespread criticism of the plan (which it refers to as "useful feedback").

In the post, Facebook's Douglas Purdy attempts to explain the benefits of the feature and reassures users that their data will be safe. But he also acknowledges that "we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data", and explains that Facebook will be temporarily disabling the feature.

"We are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so," Purdy writes.

"We'll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready. We look forward to re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks."

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