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Facebook Email Switch Screwing with Address Books Too

Facebook last week hit the headlines when it decided to make users' address their default email without any warning or notification. The forced change began to roll out on Friday, June 22, and saw users' personal email addresses removed from their timelines and replaced with Facebook-assigned email addresses instead. The company said the change was intended to bolster the privacy and security of its users, offering everyone the same generic email address until they manually change it to something different. However, it seems the social network's decision to mess with people's email settings is also messing with their address books, too.

Users across the web are complaining that email addresses for their contacts are being replaced with Facebook addresses. CNet reports that the problem lies with iOS 6's Facebook integration, which has the ability to automatic alter users' contacts without notification. What's more, the site points to the experience of one Adobe employee, Rachel Luxemburg, who seems to actually be losing emails because of the change.

"Today, a co-worker discovered that his contact info for me had been silently updated to overwrite my work e-mail address with my Facebook e-mail address," she wrote on her blog. "He discovered this only after sending work e-mails to the wrong address."

She goes on to say that when she checked her Facebook messages, the emails her co-worker sent weren't there. Gizmodo reader Daniel says he's lost every single one of his email addresses.

"Since Facebook changed the email addresses on contacts, I've actually lost every single one of my email addresses including those for work," he told the site. "Emails to my boss have gone unanswered as they've been going to his Facebook!"

Facebook has said it has engineers looking into the fact that phone syncing seems to be replacing the email addresses of contacts with @facebook addresses. As for Luxemburg's disappearing emails? Facebook says it's likely she just can't find the messages in question.

"By default, messages from friends or friends of friends go into your Inbox," a spokesperson told CNET. "Everything else goes to your Other folder. (If you click on Messages in your left hand navigation menu, you'll see below it an Other folder that drops down.) That is likely where the messages are being sent from other people's emails," the social network explained. "Even if that person is friends with them on Facebook, if the friend doesn't have that email on their Facebook account, the message could end up in the Other folder."

It's worth noting that you don't receive notifications for messages that end up in your 'Other' folder, so they could be there for weeks before you think to go looking for them.

Have any of you experienced issues with @facebook addresses overwriting regular email addresses in your contacts? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • DroKing
    Good Job geniuses at Facebook....
  • PiraticaL
    You'd think they'd learn to test some of these changes on a smaller scale before widespread implementation by now.
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Have any of you experienced issues with @facebook addresses overwriting regular email addresses in your contacts? Let us know in the comments below!

    No overwrite, only added a new "Facebook email" but my primary email is still the one used for creating the FB account. Surprised myself.
  • thecolorblue
    working as intended

    f.u. FB
  • spectrewind
    I used FB twice..

    In that, I mean created an account over two years ago to experience it. I saw what I time-sink and security problem it was at the time and DELETED (not disabled) the account.

    Gave it another try later from the "second chances" perspective. Even while integrating with a smart phone and the ability to tell people who care when and what kind of coffee I drink in the morning, for all you narcissistic types, still unimpressed. I had been on the fence about deleting it again, but did so right after the IPO and the pump-n-dump |=uckerberg and his crew did.

    Now this? Wow! I'm seeing that I made the correct decision to get out.
  • Pawessum16
    I like the change, and I'm wondering does this only affect crapOS? Everything appears fine here on Android. Sounds like crApple's fault to me.
  • croc
    "They trust me. Dumb fucks."

    Says it all, really....
  • virtualban
    One more thing to laugh at FB users' face.
  • Dogsnake
    So many of my friends look at me as crazy because I do not and never had a FB account. Here is just another reason why. From my point of view I do not trust the integrity and ethics of those running services like FB. They will do anything to make more money from their product. Either the managers and techs at FB are incompetent (having designed and distributed a system with massive/far reaching unknown side effects) or it is working just as intended. No way they would ever tell the users that they planned for the email and address hijacking. So they look all dewy eyed and scratch their heads issuing press releases say they had no idea...
  • eddieroolz
    Doing things, the Facebook way - screwing you over.