Facebook Puts Email Addresses on User Profiles Back Into Plain Text


Facebook has been investing in tools to detect and block automated systems and scripts created by spammers heavily in recent years. When it comes to user email addresses on Facebook profiles, Facebook for years has taken the extra step of listing user emails in an image format in order to make it harder for scripts to scrape massive numbers of email addressess. However, it has recently switched to providing them in plain text. Why?

A Facebook spokesperson told us today:

Showing email addresses in plain text makes it easier for people to use the information to connect with their friends.

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