Facebook ditches email address system


by CBR Staff Writer| 26 February 2014

The service will be quietly withdrawn from March.

Facebook has confirmed plans to shut down its '@facebook.com' email feature next month after failing to attract users to it.

The social networking site has already started notifying users that soon they will not be able to receive email in their Facebook Messages inbox.

A Facebook spokeswoman said: "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."

Facebook launched the '@facebook.com' feature in November 2010 as part of a massive scheme to make it users' default messaging system.

The latest move comes soon after Facebook acquired mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19bn, in what said is said to be its largest acquisition till date.

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