Facebook forces its email addresses on all users

Without warning, Facebook changed the displayed default email address of all users to its own @facebook.com email addresses, as first noted by Gervase Markham.

The generated @facebook.com email address is either based on a Facebook vanity URL, if one was created for that account, or the random number ID assigned to the account, which seems as unhelpful as it is obtuse.

Emails sent to these @facebook.com email addresses will be redirected as messages in the Facebook account's message inbox, without an actual email notification to the email address associated with the account.

A spokesperson for Facebook said that the site is "rolling out a new setting that gives people the choice to decide which addresses they want to show on their timelines."

"Ever since the launch of timeline, people have had the ability to control what posts they want to show or hide on their own timelines, and today we’re extending that to other information they post, starting with the Facebook address," spokesperson Andrew Noyes wrote to Forbes in an email.

Users who wish to reinstate their actual email addresses on their Facebook profile pages can follow these steps: On your profile page, scroll down to the "Contact Info" box and click the Edit button. Hide the @facebook.com email address from your Timeline and replace it with one of your real email addresses.

Source: Forbes

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Facebook is a business, and businesses have to make money to survive; especially now more than ever since they are a publicly traded entity. By forcing their email on users, they can collect even MORE information on their users. This bonus user data collected from emails means an increase in the price they can charge customers interested in buying the data. Thus, more money for facebook. And more money is good for a business.

Mine has changed to @facebook.com, which I've never used. I'm all for Facebook trying to improve privacy by hiding people's conventional email address but users should be informed of such a change and be able to opt-out.

At the moment Facebook automatically opts users into most changes and usually it's to increase their advertising revenue rather than for any benefit to users.

Mine was already hidden when I went and looked. Either way, not sure what the big deal is. It's still free for me to use so if they make a change that actually matters, I can always go somewhere else.

It also appears to have affected all my Facebook contacts on my Windows Phone. Everyone's actual email has been replaced with their Facebook email. That's incredibly annoying. Thanks, Facebook, for making the sole purpose of your site even more useless.

mh, mine is still my email address but facebook added an address username@facebook.com that I never created. I don't see really a problem in it as long as they don't change the default.

I really hate Facebook... but I also really like it. I just wish they would listen to their users and not force this kind of stuff onto us. If they are going to make changes like this, send out a message to everyone explaining what's going on and what users can do to opt-out.

einsteinbqat said,
Nothing happened with my account. Everything stayed the same. Facebook didn't change anything.

... yet.

thommcg said,

... yet.

I don't think that anything will happen in my case. All of the emails are hidden since forever, and when FB announced their @facebook.com, I hid that one, too. Therefore, I doubt that FB would change my privacy settings.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,

It's not free, it's paid for by advertising

No, it's free. You don't pay a cent to use it. It's SUPPORTED by advertisements.

andrewbares said,

No, it's free. You don't pay a cent to use it. It's SUPPORTED by advertisements.

It's not free. You "pay" with your personal information, which is passed on to advertisers.

****es me off.
If I don't want their email address, then I shouldn't have it forced on me.
And if I don't want to SHOW that I have it, then that shouldn't happen either.

Ryoken said,
****es me off.
If I don't want their email address, then I shouldn't have it forced on me.
And if I don't want to SHOW that I have it, then that shouldn't happen either.

Or just don't use facebook

Mike Depo said,

Or just don't use facebook
It has it's uses.. It's why I have an account.. But stop Stop STOP changing SETTINGS without asking.. I don't care what they add, or how they make it look, I am just getting tired of have to go back and change stuff to what it was before, because they decided to change stuff or decided everyone was wrong..

Mike Depo said,

Or just don't use facebook

/facepalm

Really, this one again?

It's cool if you're cool without having a FB account, but case in point is, you are allowed to complain and not take your business elsewhere QUIETLY.
It's so that businesses can improve, it's also why many businesses ask you why you want to cancel a contract with them, they ask specifically what you're unsatisfied with.

By your logic businesses would produce and all we'd end up with is adapting, not them producing for our actual needs.
This is not how things are supposed to work.

GS:mac

I don't mind that they added the @facebook.com email address, but they shouldn't have deleted our old one.

I had already added my @facebook.com email address to my profile along with my primary one, but it looks like the only one still listed is the facebook one.

I thought users had already decided what email address they wanted to use when they signed up? Oh... but FB knows better than the user... gotcha.

thenonhacker said,
I don't see this as an issue.

Faecbook URL user names are the same with what's in the Facebook Email Address.

e.g. Your URL is http://www.facebook.com/super.mario

Therefore, your Facebook Email is super.mario@facebook.com

No f*cks to be given here.

Looking up an email address should give me the email address they actually check, maybe even get IMAP push notifications for on their desktops etc...

With Facebook, it's another game and I surely don't want to start conversations on "wrong" email addresses etc...

It's ridiculous.

GS:mac