So everyone's favorite social networking site rolled out a change today that is affecting every single user of the service. When you look under contact information on your profile on the site, you will notice that your original email address that may have been displayed there has been replaced by a @facebook.com email address instead.
First thing that you may ask yourself is how that happened, and why you were not informed or asked about it in first place. This may obviously have implicates for some users, for instance those who used to receive messages from visitors of their profile to their mailbox.
While it is possible to send emails to the Facebook email address, they do not land in the inbox of your connected email account, but in your list of messages on the social networking site.
Good news is that it disguises the "real" email address from profiles, which may reduce the spam that some users may receive otherwise. Still, not asking or notifying users before such a big change is rolled out is a definite no-no.
It is thankfully pretty straightforward to fix the issue. All you need to do is visit your Facebook's profile info page, which you can do with a click on the update info button when you are on your profile. Here you need to locate the Contact Info module, and click on the edit button in it.
All of your emails are displayed on the page, each with information about its visibility on your timeline profile. To hide an email address from the timeline, simply click on the button and select hidden from timeline. If you want your original email address to be displayed there again, you need to perform the same operation, but select the shown on timeline option instead. Make sure you click on the save button at the bottom of the menu to save the changes. If you forget to do that, all changes that you have made are canceled.
It needs to be noted that it is not possible to remove the @facebook.com email address from the site. It is protected like the primary email address which you can't remove as well.
What's your take on the change? Make sure you spread the word to make sure that all of your friends and colleagues know about this as well.
Update: The email address seems to have been created in the form [email protected], which indicates another issue that no one mentioned yet. Spammers, stalkers and god knows who can guess email addresses easily, and send out email addresses to Facebook users as the usernames are displayed in the url if you open a user's page, even if you are not friends with that user on Facebook.
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