Facebook's Lame Excuse For Its Email Switch

I was very unimpressed by Facebook's decision to start showing a Facebook email address for me without asking if I minded that I decided to ask Facebook for an official comment on what happened. The answer I got reinforces why Facebook remains a very difficult company to trust.

This was Facebook's official explanation for why it had suddenly dumped an @facebook.com email address on everyone's Timeline:

As we announced back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site. In addition to everyone receiving an address, we’re also 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.

This is corporate double-speak at its finest. There's a big difference between giving people a choice of the address they show and just throwing up a new address without asking anyone if they mind. If you don't fancy having that happen, check out our instructions on how to fix it.


Comments

    Their email idea itself seems to be lame.

    I've had many people ask me "where do i access this email" after I pointed the previous article about this out.

    And for another question, if your messages are set to "only from friends" can you still receive an 'email' from anyone?

    "It's free so everyone should want it"

    Remember people, you are not Facebook's customer. You are Facebook's product.

    if they're going to have a default setting, they honestly chose the right one - Defaulting to showing less personal information rather than more.

    It may have been a bit heavy handed, but this is one of the few times they've made the correct choice from a user privacy perspective.

      That occurred to me as well.BUT! they should have notified people. The clumsy way they introduced it just makes it look like a power grab.

      Incidentally, I wonder what happens to all those services/apps that synch your contacts with Facebook. Are all the real addresses now wiped from the external listings?

      That occurred to me as well.BUT! they should have notified people. The clumsy way they introduced it just makes it look like a power grab.

      Incidentally, I wonder what happens to all those services/apps that synch your contacts with Facebook. Are all the real addresses now wiped from the external listings?

      It might show less personal info but if gives them access to very much more. Now emails sent to you via your @facebook.com account go through their servers. They now know who emails you, when and what about. They could if they wanted to even attach ads as the emails transit their servers. Of course they won't because they just want to silently learn more about you and your social network so they can more effectively monetise you.

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