You now have a Facebook email that you do not know about, really

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 25, 2012
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Facebook

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on your profile on the site, you will notice that your original email address that may have been displayed there has been replaced by a email address instead.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.

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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.

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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 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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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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