Freedoms Square is a Membership Community
Signup for a free "Standard Membership" giving you the ability to view most areas of the site with limited interaction.
The major feature of this level is the ability to create and edit your profile; add, delete, and edit your own post; add friends, follow others and use Messenger. For information on other additional features click on "Memberships" in the Community menu.
Email is use to verify account creator and send email notifications and phone is used for phone notifications and possible two stage verification on login when activated. You can choose Privacy options to allow who can view this data.
Remember if you give personal information to a large corporation for free services you just paid for the services... so it isn't free after all.