Facebook Changes iOS Contact Emails, Loses User Messages In The Process
Facebook is still receiving plenty of complaints over its plans last week to change default user email listings to a members @Facebook.com email accounts and now it appears the company is messing with more than just its own network.
According to reports Facebook’s new integration with iOS 6 has allowed the company to change contact e-mails withing a users contact list, providing users with @Facebook.com emails. There’s only one problem with the company’s plans, users with business contacts and other emails don’t want their emails changed to a Facebook forwarded account.
Adobe employee Rachel Luxemburg discovered the stupid mistakes and wrote on her blog:
Today, a co-worker discovered that his contact info for me had been silently updated to overwrite my work e-mail address with my Facebook e-mail address. He discovered this only after sending work e-mails to the wrong address.
And even worse, the e-mails are not actually in my Facebook messages. I checked.
They’ve vanished into the ether.
For all I know, I could be missing a lot more e-mails from friends, colleagues, or family members, and never even know it.
With hundreds of millions of Facebook users having their default email addresses changed by Facebook without prior consent there is a very good chance that this same problem is happening for millions of users.
Compounding the matter iOS users are not told that their contacts have been changed, Facebook simply makes the changes and then sends emails to the new Facebook email accounts listed in a users contact list.
We smell another lawsuit on the way.