Facebook has changed the email address displayed on your profile. Did you know that?
If not, head on over to your Facebook page (if you have one) and view your contact information. It’s likely to be displaying only an @facebook.com email address as mine is displaying as of the moment.
This little known update to users’ contact information – that is until a spate of articles on the internet has brought attention to it – has caused widespread condemnation for Facebook.
Nonetheless, Facebook says that it is not forcing anyone to use their @facebook email accounts. In a statement from the social networking giant, it said: “We are providing every Facebook user with his or her own Facebook email address because we find that many users find it useful to connect with each other, but using Facebook email is completely up to you.”
Furthermore, Facebook says that the change is to maintain consistency across its site.
Some observers have different ideas though, the crux of it being that Facebook has a lot to gain if people also had Facebook as the center of their emailing lives. For one, that would give the social network a longer engagement time with users. With more time spent on the site, Facebook has a lot higher chances of profiting from its user base.
Nonetheless, the change is easy to revert to the old emails you want to be displayed on your profile.
What you do is you go to your profile by clicking on the button with your profile picture icon and your name on the top right corner of the site. Next, you select “about” below your profile picture. Scroll down to “Contact Info”. Click “Edit” and configure your email addresses by indicating which should be shown on your profile.
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