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My legs were sticking to the vinyl back seat of a NYC cab when I received the email on a Thursday this July. I was running late to an afternoon dentist appointment, and sending messages on Facebook Messenger. Most of the conversations were for a story I was reporting about a Facebook group for sexual assault survivors, which had been overtaken by abusers.
At the time, I was messaging with one of the abusers—who was using a fake profile—hoping to find out how they weaponized the group for harassment. In the middle of our exchange, I received an email from Facebook, which said, “We wanted to let you know that your mobile number was removed from your account. Because of this, we’ve turned off two-factor authentication on your account to make sure you don’t get locked out when using an unrecognized computer or mobile device to log in.”