Facebook accidentally resets email notifications, fixes glitch

Facebook accidentally reset email notifications for some of its users yesterday. The company fixed the issue today.
Written by Emil Protalinski, Contributor on

Facebook yesterday accidentally reset email notifications for some users. The social network lets users pick and choose what event on Facebook results in an email sent to their inbox (there are now 73 notification options to choose from). By default, most are turned on, and users often choose to turn some of them off. Unfortunately, the reset turned them all back on.

The glitch got a lot of attention and was posted on the Known Issues on Facebook webpage:

Email notifications: Some people are suddenly receiving email notifications for settings they had turned off, and the checkboxes are now checked. We are currently working on a solution to this problem.

The issue has since been fixed, according to Facebook. "Yesterday evening, we discovered a bug that caused a small number of people to start receiving notifications they had previously turned off," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "We have since resolved the issue and apologize for any inconvenience."

If you're still seeing the problem, however, you'll have to manually update your email notification settings on Facebook. To do so, click on the Account menu in the top right corner, select Account Settings, and then choose Notifications.

I personally experienced this problem. When I got home last night, I did not want to wait for Facebook to fix the problem so I went ahead and disabled all 73 email notifications. Were you affected by this glitch too?

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