If you go look at your info on Facebook, you’ll notice your email address has been changed to the one Facebook provides for you. Everyone can see it even if your other email address were hidden.
The New York Times reports, “Jaime Schopflin, a Facebook spokeswoman, said these were not changes to the site’s privacy settings. Instead, she said, this was a ‘visual setting change.’”
Déjà vu anyone? Last year Facebook was accused of unfair and deceptive practices. The Federal Trade Commission settlement required Facebook to, “take several steps to make sure it lives up to its promises in the future, including giving consumers clear and prominent notice and obtaining consumers’ express consent before their information is shared beyond the privacy settings they have established.” You can read the full settlement here.
So does your firstname.lastname@example.org belong to Facebook meaning they can share it with the world? Kinda looks that way.
Is it as big of a deal as when they made Friends List public or when the “friends only” privacy option turned out to not really be “friends only” and you broadcasted that ninja turtle/power rangers gif to everyone?
Time and everyone’s Facebook status today will tell. How do you feel about the change?
[Side note: Where does email for @facebook.com even go?]