Facebook is changing users' default contact details to Facebook.com email addresses.
Facebook has managed to upset some of its customers yet again by changing all of its users' default email addresses without permission.
Facebook has begun changing all users' default contact details to @Facebook.com email addresses without asking for their permission beforehand, it has been uncovered, a move which has sparked a backlash from its social networkers.
"Facebook silently inserted themselves into the path of formerly-direct unencrypted communications from people who want to email me," wrote blogger and Mozilla developer Gervase Markham, who was one of the first to discover the change and blasted the social network on his website. "In other contexts, this is known as a Man in the Middle (MITM) attack. What on earth do they think they are playing at?"
However, Facebook says that it made users aware of the change two months ago, suggesting that the backlash has come about purely because of media coverage.
"As we announced back in April, we've been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site," a Facebook spokesperson said." In addition to everyone receiving an address, we're also rolling out a new setting that gives people the choice to decide which addresses they want to show on their timelines.
"Ever since the launch of timeline, people have had the ability to control what posts they want to show or hide on their own timelines, and today we're extending that to other information they post, starting with the Facebook address."
The change hasn't hit all Facebook accounts yet, but it's expected to roll out to all within the next few weeks.
This article was originally published on the Inquirer.
Want to learn more? Join us at ClickZ Live New York 2015
[ALERT] Super Saver Rates Expire January 30. With over 15 years of experience delivering industry leading events, ClickZ Live brings together over 50 expert speakers to deliver an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Quick! - Register today to secure your place at the best rate.
Carly Page joined The INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012. Before becoming a full-time geek, Carly studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln, and dabbled in the music journalism industry. Carly's main coverage areas include mobile devices, mobile software, telecoms, mobile operators, social networks and anything Breaking Bad related.
Singapore, 5-6 March
Bangkok, 17-18 March
Hong Kong, April 2015
Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.
5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line
82 percent of shoppers say they would buy more items from a brand if the emails they sent were more personalized. This white paper offer five tactics that will personalize your email beyond the subject line and drive real business growth.