(June 25, 2012) Facebook is trying to force its 900 million users to switch to its own email service.
It is removing the personal email address displayed on an individual userâ€™s profile pages and replacing it with a @facebook.com address â€“ even if the member never uses it.
The social networking site's email service was launched two years ago but has failed to take off, possibly because most people do not like having multiple mail accounts.
Secret switch: Facebook hid the email addresses of its 900 million users today and replaced them with a generic @facebook.com
Facebook users â€“ who were not consulted about the move â€“ responded with anger.
Blogger Gervase Markham, one of the first to notice the change, said it was a form of computer hacking. â€˜What on earth do they think they are playing at?â€™ he said.
On Twitter, Facebook was branded â€˜sneakyâ€™ while CNN technology expert Julianne Pepitone claimed it was an attempt to â€˜hijack your email addressâ€™.