“Facebook users say contacts’ e-mail addresses on phones and personal devices have been altered without their consent,” Blue wrote. “Their e-mail communication is being redirected elsewhere, and lost.”
Earlier this week, Facebook users noticed their personal e-mail addresses had been replaced on their user pages with a company-owned address. The move prompted the Electronic Privacy Information Center to ask the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the matter.
But, Blue wrote, the e-mail switch was also built Apple’s iOS6 Facebook integration, meaning Apple product users who stored e-mail addresses on their devices also had their address books rearranged.
The story also quotes an Adobe employee who discovered another problem with the change.
“Even worse, the e-mails are not actually in my Facebook messages. I checked,” Rachel Luxemberg said on her blog. “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.”
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