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NEWS: Facebook to close email service

Facebook is closing its three-year-old email service ‘@facebook.com’, due to lack of popularity.

The social media network will close its email service in March, and from then on emails sent to the ‘@facebook.com’ addresses will be forwarded to a user’s personal email account.

The network initially launched the service to enable users to combine their communications via a single unique inbox.

A Facebook spokesperson said: "We're making this change because most people haven't been using their Facebook email address."

The closure of ‘@facebook.com’ comes only days after Facebook's acquisition of instant messaging app WhatsApp for £11.4 billion.