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Facebook Says it Will Retire its Unused Email Service

by Brandon Russell | February 24, 2014February 24, 2014 11:00 pm PST


Facebook on Monday announced the social network is ditching its email address system. Facebook’s what? Exactly. Something nobody used is being retired. You won’t even notice it’s gone, and we can all move on with our lives.

Facebook admitted very few people were using their addresses, so the company said it is making this change so it can focus on other mobile messaging experiences. Now that it’s in possession of WhatsApp, Mark Zuckerberg and co. certainly have plenty to deal with.

Facebook’s email system was actually spawned back in 2010, and as recent as two years ago, Facebook made those email addresses the default. People were not very happy about this change, so the decision to axe the company’s homebred solution likely won’t be missed. Messages sent to your Facebook email will henceforth be emailed to whichever address you used to sign up for the social network.

“We’re making this change because most people haven’t been using their Facebook email address, and we can focus on improving our mobile messaging experience for everyone,” a spokesman said.

Forwarding to your primary email can be turned off by default, but chances are you won’t be missing out on any messages anyway.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...