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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 alternative. The addresses use the vanity URL introduced for profiles, so if your personal Facebook URL is then your email address will now read

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 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 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

  1. lori mcdaniel
    July 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    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.

  2. Clár
    July 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

    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
      July 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      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?

  3. Shane La Horie
    July 2, 2012 at 7:21 am

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

    • Tim Brookes
      July 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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

      • D.J. Zebbie
        July 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

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

  4. Garey Boone
    July 2, 2012 at 5:44 am

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

  5. Peter James Escobar
    July 1, 2012 at 2:47 am

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

  6. Mederbek Aidarov
    June 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    It doesn't bother me really. But Facebook could've simply let everyone know. It's weird that i got this news from another web site like Makeuseof. Good work

  7. Andrew Gould
    June 28, 2012 at 12:48 am

    There's no such thing as a "Facebook email account". Messages sent to your email address appear as Facebook Messages.

    I've found that by default, the email account is set to be visible by "Only Me". In other words, people are seeing it on their own Profiles, but it's not visible to anyone else. I've made my email address publicly visible and listed on my Timeline (my real email address is Friends only) just to see how much spam I really get.

  8. Denis Paley
    June 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I never liked having my personal email address listed on Facebook for anyone to see,I prefer using the Facebook email address on Facebook. They can handle the Spam from this account. I agree that they handled it an a highhanded manner but if you don't like this don't use the service. We're nothing but a product for Facebook to sell and eventually people who don't want to pay that price for a Social Network will move on.

  9. Darren
    June 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Easy. Just leave. Drives me insane when people complain about facebook.

    Wanna keep in contact with your mates?, something called email. been around awhile and it don't take over your life.

    • D.J. Zebbie
      July 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

      Something called phone or quaint handwritten memo would actually be better. :-)

  10. mpwinsma
    June 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    should facebook wish to dismiss me as a (whatever I'm called by them), all they have to do is make this change to I will not respond to any emails sent to that address and soon whoever tries to reach me that way will NOT reach me.

    As a result, it is only a matter of time when these OTHER people will soon resign their own facebook accounts.

    Facebook faces a lost of clientele. Not too smart on their part.

  11. Edgar Meixueiro
    June 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I really didn't like using my personal email as default in facebook account.

  12. KSO
    June 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I just checked my Facebook infor, and my address hadn't changed! But that may be because I live in Europe or ???

    • Tim Brookes
      June 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      That's odd, sure it didn't change your publicly displayed email and you're not checking your primary email?

      Have a look on your Timeline/Profile under Contact Info. Interesting if yours wasn't changed!

      • KSO
        June 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        You're right, Tim! I spoke too soon when I just quickly looked at my settings and saw that my "normal" email was still listed there. I didn't notice til now that my Facebook email had indeed been made the "primary" email. So sorry for the confusion! I was a bit too eager with my comment. Next time I'll look twice before I "speak"! :)

  13. Andrew
    June 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Notification would be very nice and my email has just been changed back

  14. slywlf
    June 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up - I just edited my profile accordingly I have been using FB so little lately this latest high-handed crap slipped under my radar. The only reason I still use it is to keep up with some far-flung family and friends (real friends, not FB "friends"). However, with each new indignity I am being pushed closer to packing it in permanently.

  15. Tuesday Peacock
    June 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

    for me,it makes no difference at all.coz I've already set my @facebook mail on my timeline publicly and hidden my primary email and any other associated email to my faebook.that doesn't make me lose contact with my friends coz all of my friends I know in person(not online) know my email address and my Fmail is for my friend from online.

  16. Susendeep Dutta
    June 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I didn't like this.They didn't notified us because people might have revolted against it.They might want to get something from this.I changed by privacy levels when I heard this news.

  17. Dave
    June 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

    This is just intolerable, my facebook account will now be deleted for sure. No e-mail will ever show up in my regular e-mail account because all e-mails with "facebook" in the subject line or from line is automatically marked as junk and then deleted. This new intrusion just sealed the final chapter for me.

    • D.J. Zebbie
      July 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Dave: [deletes Facebook account] | Mark: Sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

  18. Jordy
    June 27, 2012 at 5:48 am

    This is an old service and was created over a year ago. If you send it an email it comes up in your inbox, and you are able to reply to it

    • Tim Brookes
      June 27, 2012 at 6:02 am

      Yep, but now your default public email address is, not the one you previously specified on your profile/timeline.

  19. Shahid Anjum
    June 27, 2012 at 5:20 am

    that not a good news

  20. GG
    June 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Only just now? It's about time.... I activated my facebook email address quite a while ago, but it seems it took until just now for it to become implemented for those that have not opted-in (or had no idea how to). Facebook has been talking about this for about a year now... hardly surprised.

    • Tim Brookes
      June 27, 2012 at 6:03 am

      You could have updated your email address on your profile/timeline previously, alternatively Facebook could have notified everyone or made it a simple opt-in option.

      It's not hard to see why the vast majority are a bit annoyed about it.

  21. samantha
    June 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Going to change my email back immediately. It drives me nuts how Facebook does stuff like that with no care whatsoever about what it's users want.

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