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April 20, 2011

Some Facebook Users Troubled by Unwanted E-mail Notification

Chalk this up as today's “outrageous, ridiculous overreaction over very little” example. It turns out that Facebook (News - Alert) has accidentally turned on e-mail notifications for some users who had previously chosen to turn the feature off, and the social network’s users are complaining loudly, reports Mashable.

Most Facebook users receive e-mail notifications for events such as when someone sends a friend request or when a friend posts on their wall. This notification feature can be turned off in user settings according to preference, but apparently “something” has happened at Facebook that has caused the feature to be activated again, said Mashable.

“Some people are suddenly receiving email notifications for settings they had turned off, and the checkboxes are now checked,” posted Facebook on its Known Issues Facebook Page. ”We are currently working on a solution to this problem.”

Many affected Facebook users are demonstrably not happy with the issue and are posting to microblogging site Twitter and Facebook to complain. Other users appear to have put the problem into the “minor irritant” box, where it belongs. “Seriously people. It takes about 30 seconds to un-check the boxes,” wrote one Facebook user on the Known Issues Facebook page.

Because...as we all know, unwanted Facebook notifications are the worst thing that can happen to anyone. Perspective, anyone?

In case this horrible problem affects you, it’s a quick fix. Choose “Account” at the top of your Facebook page, then “Account Settings.” Pick the tab that reads “Notification,” and un-check the boxes.

Desperate global crisis averted.



Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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