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Facebook e-mail mess: Address books altered; e-mail lost
Cnet ^ | June 30, 2012 | violetblue

Posted on 07/01/2012 6:17:03 PM PDT by upchuck

An alarming number of people are reporting that the new e-mail address Facebook forced on users this week is changing their address books while intercepting and losing unknown amounts of e-mail.

Facebook users say contacts' e-mail addresses on phones and personal devices have been altered without their consent -- and their e-mail communication is being redirected elsewhere, and lost.

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When Facebook forced its hundreds of millions of users into an @facebook account, commenters across the Internet talked about alterations that had begun in their contacts and address books outside Facebook -- valid e-mail addresses were being changed for @Facebook without people's awareness or consent on their phones and computers.

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We now also see that the interception of people's e-mail communication with Facebook's new change is deeply problematic and potentially grave.

We've reached out to Facebook for comment and have no response at this time; we'll update this post should new information from Facebook come in.

This is bad news for users that have expectations around e-mail communication by changing their e-mail addresses, intercepting and redirecting their communication elsewhere.

If you have any software or apps that sync your contacts or address books with Facebook (think home computer, devices, phones, iOS 6) check your settings. Now.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
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Zuckerberg figures out how to make some more friends. Read my tag. Nobody "forces" anything on me.
1 posted on 07/01/2012 6:17:09 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

FB is one of manifestations of the Mark of the Beast.


2 posted on 07/01/2012 6:19:39 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: lightman
FB is one of manifestations of the Mark of the Beast

That was once said about the telephone. There are a lot of evangelists using Facebook to spread the Word Of God in places such as China.

It's replaced shortwave radio (though I would never get rid of my shortwave radio) I'm a prepper.

3 posted on 07/01/2012 6:23:18 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: lightman
It's much worse than that.

I liken it to a pedophile offering candy to little children. The kids have no idea the evil they are about get into.

Speaking of pedophiles...

Let's end child rape on Facebook

Can Facebook's child-porn explosion be stopped?

WND exposes Facebook child porn

To my knowledge, Facebook did not respond to this expose.

4 posted on 07/01/2012 6:30:16 PM PDT by upchuck (FACEBOOK... Share pointless stuff with friends you don't know. Beg for intrusion into your life.)
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To: upchuck

Nobody forces a tag on you, for sure.


5 posted on 07/01/2012 6:31:01 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: tsowellfan

It has metasticized into something omnipresent and now many otherwise unrelated business web sites are requiring a FB account in order to access certain features, discounts, comments, etc.


6 posted on 07/01/2012 6:31:01 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: upchuck

Stock drop .... Down down down....


7 posted on 07/01/2012 6:36:51 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: lightman

FB is both efficient and insidious.


8 posted on 07/01/2012 6:43:49 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: tsowellfan
That was once said about the telephone. There are a lot of evangelists using Facebook to spread the Word Of God in places such as China.

Some things are closer to the Mark of the Beast than others. The telephone isn't really up there in the top slot. Obviously, over the years, electronic things move incrementally toward an enabling technology for Mark of the Beast. You could find more worthwhile things to spend your time defending than Facecrook. So is the Internet as a whole used partially for good work. Does that make the Internet (and gossip texting, sexting, porno over phones, etc, etc.) something that pleases God? I'm going to say no, quite emphatically. On the other hand, commercial shortwave (upper MF and HF) is almost predominantly used for religious broadcasts (I know that's not strictly true, but these tend to be the strongest stations received in North America).

9 posted on 07/01/2012 6:44:42 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: upchuck

Email isn’t all that’s a mess at facebook:

http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/can-facebooks-child-porn-explosion-be-stopped/

According to the report on WND, they’re covering up the exploitation of their services by pedophiles for “security reasons” as well.

Who calibrated Facebook’s moral compass?


10 posted on 07/01/2012 7:12:36 PM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: upchuck
Wiping out your address book?

That's not a bug, it's a feature!

11 posted on 07/01/2012 7:12:58 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1258 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: OldEarlGray
Who calibrated Facebook’s moral compass?

Harvard. It came from Harvard.

12 posted on 07/01/2012 7:15:15 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1258 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void

EXACTLY...I NEVER use any facebook email....it is just a dummy email to me...


13 posted on 07/01/2012 7:34:47 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: steve86
You could find more worthwhile things to spend your time defending than Facecrook

I'm NOT defending Face"crook" I'm defending the truth. And the truth is an email account @facebook.com is something you must sign up for if and that's ONLY if you have a Facebook account which I do.

My contact list is just fine because I know how to use privacy controls and I never use my primary, personal email address to sign up for anything. Anybody who does not do that... well I would prefer to call it the Mark Of Idiocy.

Unfortunately foe us all, Satan is MUCH bigger than you are trying to lead some to believe.

14 posted on 07/01/2012 7:42:24 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: upchuck

Smart people use alternative email addresses to sign up for accounts on other websites. You don’t think my birth certificate reads TSowellFan, do you? And the email address with which I signed up for it was not the one I hold all my personal contacts in.


15 posted on 07/01/2012 7:45:42 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: tsowellfan

I am in full agreement with you that Satan is scheming, clever beyond human comprehension and involved in every area of life. Not sure why you thought I was saying something else. Also, glad to see you and others use Facebook safely.


16 posted on 07/01/2012 8:00:02 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: umgud

Yes, facebook is very efficient. Gmail too.

Just make some favorites or send some emails about a certain topic. Lo and behold all of a sudden you start getting pop up ads on that topic. Send someone an email about how you are moving and changing your address - bingo - you’ll get an ad from Lowes offering you tips on moving.


17 posted on 07/01/2012 8:06:52 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: tsowellfan

The problem with this logic is smart phones. If you use the F/B app on your smart phone - it may be able to mess with your contact list there and screw things up.

Just DON’T!


18 posted on 07/01/2012 8:11:05 PM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: steve86
On the other hand, commercial shortwave (upper MF and HF) is almost predominantly used for religious broadcasts (I know that's not strictly true, but these tend to be the strongest stations received in North America).

Sadly those stations on shortwave are diminishing. Not just the Christian ones but all of them. I still hear the numbers stations (AKA spy channels). Many of the Christian channels are cutting back on all of their programming and even doing away with entire non-English broadcasting to third world nations.

HCJB, which once broadcasted around the world from Quito, Ecuador has closed down all together. That was a very important station regionally as many in remote areas of South America depended on HCJB not only for it ministry but also for the news. Unfortunately it's one of the few regions in the world where internet connection is always available. Especially for the people who still climb trees with darts in jungle thongs. It took them decades to learn how to turn a radio on I doubt they will be surfing the web anytime soon.

Shortwave radio is dying. I know this because I am a DXer. I'm not even sure WYFR still retransmits it programming to China via VOFC in Taipei. Hopefully they do. We're in a new world now and we must use it for the good of the world.

19 posted on 07/01/2012 8:12:20 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: tsowellfan

Correction:

“Unfortunately it’s one of the few regions in the world where internet connection is NOT always available”


20 posted on 07/01/2012 8:15:00 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: tsowellfan

You don’t need to request a facebook email. They give you one whether you want it or not. When I read about this change, I went and checked my account, and sure enough there was a facebook email address set up and marked as the default address.


21 posted on 07/01/2012 8:31:49 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: tsowellfan

“And the truth is an email account @facebook.com is something you must sign up for”

Nope. Not true. I found out about this about a week ago. When I went digging in my settings and profile, there it was. A new email account from Facebook. I signed up for nothing at all. It’s all being done by Facebook. Now.


22 posted on 07/01/2012 8:45:43 PM PDT by battletank
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To: upchuck

All Ur Facebook Are Belong To Us.


23 posted on 07/01/2012 9:55:46 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: battletank

Sir, nobody gives you an email account that you did not sign up for. If your name is John Doe it would be unfair for one john doe to be chosen to have johndoe @ facebook.com when he did not want it but someone else named John Doe does.

You somehow signed up for it if you have it. I put as much if not more time on Facebook as I do FR and have done so daily since 2009. Tell me exactly where to go in the settings to see my facebook email and I’ll tell you if it’s there. I went looking and found none.


24 posted on 07/01/2012 10:07:04 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: tsowellfan
Tell me exactly where to go in the settings to see my facebook email and I’ll tell you if it’s there. I went looking and found none.

I noticed the reported problem myself this week. FB has created a @facebook.com email address for me and made it my default email. This is viewable under "Account Settings | Email | Edit", with a note that "Your Facebook email is based on your public username. Email sent to this address goes to Facebook Messages."

25 posted on 07/01/2012 10:26:06 PM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (The Tree of Liberty is thirsty!)
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To: Little Pig

Here’s what I found... https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=224049364288051

“Your address on Facebook is the same as your public username or your public user ID. This is how people can:

Send you email — username @ facebook. com
Get to your timeline — facebook.com/username

Remember: You can always edit who can see your contact info. “

I do not have a user name because I chose not to opt in to have a vanity name. Instead my username is a group of numbers ie facebook . com /488383229001

Because I chose not to have a vanity username I have no email at facebook.


26 posted on 07/01/2012 10:31:00 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: GizmosAndGadgets

i simply refuse to sign up on Facebook .My real friends can contact me in other ways.


27 posted on 07/01/2012 10:35:25 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: GizmosAndGadgets
Email sent to this address goes to Facebook Messages

But in order for somebody to know your Facebook email address they would have to know your facebook username used at the end of the facebook URL but in order for them to know that they would have to go to your facebook profile (which is only visible if you allow your security settings to let them see your profile). And if they are able to view your profile to get your username to send you an email that goes to your facebook messages why would they not just click the "Send Message" button which has been on your profile just under the URL since the birth of Facebook given that it goes to the same place?

28 posted on 07/01/2012 10:39:59 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: hoosierham
i simply refuse to sign up on Facebook .My real friends can contact me in other ways.

And that's your right. Here's something I find more disturbing. If you Google "buy emails" (such as lists of people's email addresses) NewsMax is number two with an ad. This is why I never give NewsMax any info. I love the content of the website but you would think they could find better ways to make that same amount of money they make selling our info.


29 posted on 07/01/2012 10:53:16 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: lightman
It has metasticized into something omnipresent and now many otherwise unrelated business web sites are requiring a FB account in order to access certain features, discounts, comments, etc.

It's amazing. I've seen FB posts for music services. I'd think one would automatically disable those features rather than have every musical selection appear as "So and so listened to "The Hokey Pokey" on IHeartRadio" or something like that.

30 posted on 07/02/2012 5:08:58 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: upchuck

I like the old app called “Phonebook” it has all my friends numbers in it, and I can call them up and meet them to do real stuff instead of swapping videos and B.S.


31 posted on 07/02/2012 5:40:38 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Jack of all Trades

Bump!


32 posted on 07/02/2012 7:10:42 AM PDT by upchuck (FACEBOOK... Share pointless stuff with friends you don't know. Beg for intrusion into your life.)
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To: Caipirabob

FB is also an Eighth Commandment free cesspool predominated by codependent voyeurs and narcissists.


33 posted on 07/02/2012 7:24:21 AM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: tsowellfan

“Sir, nobody gives you an email account that you did not sign up for. “

Well. You would be wrong again! Perhaps you had better look again because it is ALL OVER THE INTERNET.

“Facebook recently started rolling out @facebook.com email address to users who had not previously signed up for the service. Facebook email address have been available for more than a year but, until recently, it was not obligatory to have one. Now it is.

Pushing change on users now seems to be standard modus operandi for Facebook: announce a feature, allow users to opt in for a while, and then force the feature on all remaining users many months later. It’s precisely what happened with Facebook Timeline.

The problem, as most of us know, is if you haven’t opted into the new feature, service, or change, it blindsides you when it arrives. You haven’t had time to read up on what it means or how it will change your Facebook account. You don’t know what’s private and what’s exposed.

If you unexpectedly have a new Facebook email address, here’s what you need to know about what it is and how to change it.”

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406325,00.asp


34 posted on 07/02/2012 8:04:35 AM PDT by battletank
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To: tsowellfan
But in order for somebody to know your Facebook email address they would have to know your facebook username used at the end of the facebook URL...

I'm not saying it makes any sense, just that FB made the change without asking. My wife was quick to point out that this opens another avenue of spam attacks - spammers don't need to know your user name, they just need to make a bunch of variations of user names and blast them to ######@facebook.com addresses.

35 posted on 07/02/2012 1:20:02 PM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (The Tree of Liberty is thirsty!)
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To: hoosierham
i simply refuse to sign up on Facebook .My real friends can contact me in other ways.

I understand. I resisted for a long time, but finally gave in when my daughter left for college. It has been a great tool for keeping-up with her activities, and a neat method for sharing ideas and interests with her. I am, however, fairly cautious about giving away too much about myself, although I might have gotten a little more obvious lately in my disdain for the direction America is heading ;-)

36 posted on 07/02/2012 1:27:09 PM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (The Tree of Liberty is thirsty!)
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To: GizmosAndGadgets
just that FB made the change without asking

That's the problem with Facebook. Even if they know most of its users (customers) don't like something they go ahead with it anyways. ie "The Timeline. In fact I posted the following on my FB profile and got a bunch who agreed:

"The Timeline: Why did Facebook do so badly with its stocks? Would you buy the stocks of a company who shoves change down your throat even after they know its customers don't want it?"

37 posted on 07/02/2012 3:55:13 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: GizmosAndGadgets
My wife was quick to point out that this opens another avenue of spam attacks - spammers don't need to know your user name, they just need to make a bunch of variations of user names and blast them to ######@facebook.com addresses.

That does make sense. Now that I think of it. I have a FB business page. I had over 1200 fans. I've been wanting to change the name of the page but put it off for over a year because of the fact that FB does not allow you to change the name of a page if you have over 100 (now 200) fans.

I saved the profiles of the fans and 2 weeks ago deleted all but 199 of them. Perhaps that would be a tool I could use to send them a message about the new name and ask them to "re-like" the page.

38 posted on 07/02/2012 4:02:00 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: lightman

“FB is also an Eighth Commandment free cesspool predominated by codependent voyeurs and narcissists.

“None of whom have any access to you if you know how to use it. The people on my Friends’ list are Friends and family and no one else sees anything. You seem to be mistaking it for Myspace which was much more accessible to those types. Facebook made Social Media much safer than it was previously.


39 posted on 07/04/2012 6:22:26 PM PDT by Borges
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