Four years ago, Facebook gave all of its users an @facebook.com email address they never asked for. Two years ago, they tried to force all their users to actually use it. This year, after buying private messaging service WhatsApp, they announced that they were kind of killing it: the facebook.com email address would no longer send messages to your Facebook inbox, but would instead forward messages sent to it to your primary email. At the time, they said they would eventually offer users a way to opt out of having an email address that no one ever wanted be a gateway to your real email.
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A week ago, someone started using my facebook.com address (which is easily discoverable by looking at the “public user name” contained in the url of your Facebook profile) to sign up for sex cam services and an inappropriately-named Instagram account. Those registration emails came bouncing into my real email account, spam-style. Uninterested in such services, I decided to go and see if Facebook had given us the option to turn off their forwarding service. It is, of course, a little tricky to find but it’s there. If you want to kill the Facebook email forwarding, here’s what you need to do.
1. Click that lock at the top right hand corner of your Facebook page and choose “See More Settings.”
2. Within General settings, choose “email.”
3. Uncheck this box.
And voila. No more Facebook email address for potential spammers to use to get into your real email inbox.