Today, as Matthew Keys notes below, Facebook hid all email addresses you have added your profile and replaced them with a single Facebook email address. When asked why they would do this, Facebook said that they were giving the user more “control”, allowing them to decide what email addresses they want to show or hide on their timelines.
Yet, they ignore the fact that users have purposefully added several email addresses to their profiles. Hiding all email addresses except the one the user has no control over (for example my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org), is not a step in the direction of more user control or privacy.
Funnily enough, when I visited my Facebook and added my google email address back to my profile, I saw this nifty ad from moo.com. All in the name of privacy and user control, eh?
“As we announced back in April, we’ve been updating addresses on Facebook to make them consistent across our site. 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.”
A Facebook spokesperson, in an email sent to me today regarding several press reports on Facebook’s decision to switch the default email account on a person’s Facebook timeline with a Facebook-provided email address, as outlined by LifeHacker.