Facebook to close unpopular email service

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Facebook is doing away with its email service, the company announced Monday. Previously, the company had controversially listed an “@facebook.com” email address as a Facebook user’s default email address. Emails sent to that address would go to the user’s message box.

But now, Facebook is phasing this out — because of a lack of participation.

A Facebook spokesperson explained to Inside Facebook what will happen:

Over the next few weeks we’re notifying people who use their @facebook.com email that the feature is changing. When someone sends you an email to your @facebook.com address, it will no longer go to your Messages on Facebook. Instead, the email will be forwarded to the primary email address on your account. (People will have the option to turn forwarding off.)

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.

The spokesperson said the transition should be complete in early March.

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