Facebook’s ‘@facebook.com’ e-mail change results in lost e-mails and corrupted address books

As Ashraf had reported on June 26th, Facebook had changed the e-mail address of all its users to ‘@facebook.com’ from the original primary e-mail address. The move did bring in lots of criticism from all classes of Facebook users and it was also condemned by a large number of dotTechies, as you can see from the comments to the mentioned post.

If you haven’t yet changed your e-mail address back to your original one, it is time to do it now. Just head over to the post by Ashraf to see how you can revert to your old e-mail address in Facebook. There are a few reasons why you should honestly consider changing your e-mail back to your regular one.

Firstly, it has been reported the address books of some users on phones and other devices have been automatically changed to replace personal e-mails with new Facebook e-mail addresses.

Secondly, and more importantly, many Facebook users who had their e-mail address changed to @facebook.com have complained that they are not receiving the e-mails that are being sent to their new Facebook e-mail address, neither in their mail inbox nor in their Facebook messages.

Adobe employee, Rachel Luxemburgm wrote on her blog:

Today, a co-worker discovered that his contact info for me had been silently updated to overwrite my work e-mail address with my Facebook e-mail address. He discovered this only after sending work e-mails to the wrong address.

And even worse, the e-mails are not actually in my Facebook messages. I checked.

They’ve vanished into the ether.

For all I know, I could be missing a lot more e-mails from friends, colleagues, or family members, and never even know it.

If you really think about it, the act by Facebook may potentially be classified to be equivalent to that of message interception; this, folks, should be treated very seriously. Shell out your thoughts to us in the comments below.

[via CNET | Image Credit: meshDETECT]

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7 comments

  1. Shava Nerad

    @leslie, I believe we are not in great disagreement except in how we handicap the chance of damages or any effective deterrent being brought against Facebook via the courts of any country. The company will only fall when a bigger corporate maw eats its lunch, I’m afraid. But perhaps I’m just old and cynical, not old and insightful? ;)

  2. Leslie

    @Shava: I totally disagree with you. They have updated an address book on your device for which no specific permission was given. In Australia, at least, this is illegal. Local laws override all and every contract – especially if that contract is unfairly biased. So in this case I am virtually positive that this is an illegal act and facebook cannot hide behind the EULA.

    As to my whining, well I do not have a facebook account because I refuse to even go there let alone lie down like the rest of the sheep. So anyone that does use facebook, take a look in the mirror and there you will find who should share at least 50% of the blame. Stupid, stupid, stupid !!

  3. Zapped Sparky

    Before reading the article on cnet I was wondering what the hubbub was about. After all when I’m sending an e-mail it’s pretty obvious what the address is. But the address change is updating the address book on all your devices WITHOUT alerting you to the fact it’s doing/already done it.

    Well done facebook, 10/10 on the numpty scale.

  4. david roper

    I stopped playing with FB when hey started changing things. I want nothing and I mean nothing to do with Facebook. If you write me at FB I won’t see it.

    Now I have to try to figure out what to do about getting rid of START PAGE which I stupidly incorporated into my life and laptop.

  5. Shava Nerad

    I very much doubt it’s illegal. Have you ever read the user agreements on Facebook and most such sites? You basically give them the rights to everything but your genome in perpetuity. Anything you do to them, they can sue you. Any damages they do, tough. Abandon all hope, all ye who click on this submit button.

    If you get a service free on the Internet, it means you just gave up something valuable — your information, your freedoms, your privacy — all of these at once. None of these companies run on air. They run on lots and lots of money. And you make it for them, they are using you, and you let them.

    So don’t complain — either organize with the EFF and other advocacy groups to make sure they are held responsible (because at the moment, no, NONE OF THIS IS ILLEGAL), or stop using these services, or stop whining.

  6. Leslie

    My thoughts are that this is very illegal.

    If true then Facebook has illegally updated address books without specific permission and in fact I would be contacting the police (at the very least) – that is if I had a facebook account, which I do not ;-)

    Perhaps when in a previous post when I mentioned Hitler people thought I was over the top, well folks get ready as this is just the beginning of your nightmare.