Will Facebook email kill off spam? Far from it..

Graham Cluley
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Later today, Facebook is widely predicted to announce a new email system for its 500 million users.

Some commentators, such as Craig Newmark of Craigslist fame, are already predicting that a Facebook email service will go further than being a Gmail-killer, and actually raises hopes of a spam-free future too.

Umm.. I think everybody needs to calm down a little. Because it’s time for a reality check.

Newmark writes about the (let’s not forget, as-yet-unannounced) Facebook email service:

you might tell Facebook email to only accept email from people with Facebook-verified identities. You might have different levels of email priority, from friends, fans, friends of friends, and so on.

(People might link their outside email addresses with their Facebook profiles, and you might choose to accept those.)…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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