You may not have noticed it yet, but your primary email address listed as your Facebook contact has been changed to a Facebook email address without you being informed and without your consent. The social-networking site has quietly replaced your default email addresses such as Gmail and Yahoo! with your @Facebook.com address, an email service option the company launched a few years ago and synced with Timeline in April. “Facebook silently inserted themselves into the path of formerly-direct unencrypted communications from people who want to email me. In other contexts, this is known as a Man In The Middle (MITM) attack,” Gervase Markham wrote, referring to a tactic hackers use to intercept electronic messages. “What on earth do they think they are playing at?” “Presumptuous,” declared Forbes.com.
That’s the kind of change Facebook users tend to get very angry about when they’re not warned in advance — and it’s something Facebook has a bad habit of doing. The site is notorious for its “mess up and apologize” approach. The least to say, is that Facebook knows for sure that most of its users won’t switch back to their initial mail just because of the hassle or mere negligence. For me it is a very suspicious move a simple email informing its 900 million users would have been all it is needed. Facebook is forcing itself on its users like never before.
Forbes summed up the conventional wisdom on Monday with a simple headline on its post: “Facebook’s Lame Attempt To Force Its Email Service On You.”