Whether or not you use it, you have an @facebook.com email address, and Facebook is trying to hijack your email.
Facebook introduced their own email service a couple of years ago in order to integrate and streamline Facebook chat and messaging. In recent weeks, Facebook has been steadily and more importantly, silently switching user’s default email addresses from their personal email accounts (Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail) to their @facebook.com email accounts. This change has caused a strong backlash across the internet as users believe Facebook is trying to hijack your email address.
Facebook’s manager of communications, Merideth Chin, explained the change in the article, “Facebook is Trying to Hijack Your Email Address” by Julianne Pepitone. According to Chin, “we basically defaulted to show your Facebook address as we rolled this out, just to keep it consistent for everyone.”
But are users really worried about seeing consistent email suffixes when clicking from profile to profile? Some believe this is just another way for Facebook to force users to use their services.
Are you not happy with an @facebook.com on your profile? Learn how to adjust your settings in the article.
How to fix it: Users who want to stop the @facebook.com address from showing up on their profiles can do so by editing their “Contact Info” sections.
You have two options for any email addresses associated with your Facebook profile: “shown on Timeline” or “hidden from Timeline.” By default, Facebook is setting your @facebook.com address to be “shown on Timeline” and hiding the rest. To change that, switch your @facebook.com email address to be “hidden from Timeline,” and set a different email to be “shown on Timeline.”