Using A Facebook Email Address? You Are Now [Updates]

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Facebook has just silently imposed its own email service on its 900 million plus users, switching the default contact address to an @facebook.com alternative. The addresses use the vanity URL introduced for profiles, so if your personal Facebook URL is facebook.com/examplename then your email address will now read examplename@facebook.com.

Users who had not set up a vanity URL have been defaulted to the series of numbers that Facebook assigned to their profile when they signed up for the service. There has been no word of the switch on the official Facebook blog and many users are complaining that they were not notified of the change.

The only evidence to suggest that this policy was being introduced is an “Addresses on Facebook” news item posted in April on the Facebook Newsroom website. According to NPR, a Facebook spokesperson cited this source when questioned as to why users were not notified.

The change does not affect your “primary” email address, which is the email account Facebook uses to contact you directly. However the change is reflected publicly, meaning your Facebook friends will no longer see your old address, and instead will email the @facebook.com address instead.

If you never use your Facebook email account and would like to change back to your previous email address then you can do so from your profile, simply click Edit in the Contact Information field, click the circle next to the @facebook.com email address and select Hidden From Profile, as per the screenshot below.

What do you think of the change? Would you have appreciated a notification? Have you changed your email back already? Vent some social steam in the comments below!

Source: NPR

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Comments (30)
  • lori mcdaniel

    it sucks and im pissed off. i did not give fb permission to f f with my gmail address book. i havent used fb since this happened and will suggest to google a class action lawsuit.

  • Clár

    SOOOOOO not impressed with Facebook … How dare they invade ‘my cyberspace’ – they are SO OUT OF LINE. Thanks so much to … MakeUseOf… for the advice re how to change my email back. Heading off to do so now ….

    • lori mcdaniel

      but if u change ur email address back, will that solve the problem of all your non-fb email account (eg gmail) address book addresses being changed to fb addresses?

  • Shane La Horie

    Thank God for makeuseof facebook does what ever it wants to didnt even know they changed this.

    • Tim Brookes

      We always try to keep an eye out for things like this just in case ;)

    • D.J. Zebbie

      Sadly, FB might be sending you guys a C&D just for speaking the truth. :-( Chilling effect indeed.

  • Garey Boone

    The change was not cool. Notification would have been nice. I’ll be changing back immediately.

  • Peter James Escobar

    I prefer to use it because it is so easy and reliable!

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