Status update! Facebook has changed YOUR email address… without telling 900million users
If you haven’t looked closely at your Facebook contact information in a while, then it may come as a surprise.
The social network with 900 million profiles, has taken it upon itself to change users’ email addresses and replace it with one that ends in ‘@facebook .com’.
The changeover happened today, with each individual’s personal email account being hidden in place of the one Facebook thinks you should use.
It means that anyone who searches for you on Facebook and wanted to send an email will now only be able to see @facebook.com – unless you manually revert.
This means the email will come via Facebook messages instead of another account.
Technology blogs lit up after outraged users noticed the change had occurred.
‘Don’t do this again,’ wrote Gizmodo while Forbes.com declared it ‘presumptuous’.
Facebook claimed the change is to protect users’ privacy and security by not displaying a personal email address but the site’s more generic one.