Why I Hate Social Media, Part 387

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The latest from Facebook:

Facebook has introduced its latest social media innovation — changing the email addresses posted by users on their profiles, en masse and without warning.

In the change, which took effect on Monday, Facebook abruptly replaced the details users had elected to associate with their account with addresses using a “@facebook.com” convention.

I’m sure this will shortly be followed by yet another faux-tearful apology and a promise to do better. “We just wanted to make our user experience better. We had no idea that when people chose an email address, they actually wanted that to be their address forever.”

Jesus. Isn’t Mark Zuckerberg rich enough that he doesn’t need to keep pulling sleazy stunts like this?

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