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Outlook.com and Social Media Privacy

An image of a business man with a lamp shade on his head, "Mr. Party".

Check your Social Media privacy setting to block undersired images in Outlook.com email

Published June 19, 2014

Outlook.com, which serves as Microsoft’s new email portal, includes integration with Facebook and Twitter, specifically profile picture lookup. When an Outlook.com user receives an email, the service will attempt to pull a picture from social media accounts that are associated with the sender’s email address.  

Why is this a problem?

Having integration with social media websites can be a good thing, but there may be reasons for not wanting your social media profile picture to appear next to your emails in someone else's inbox.  

For example, if you use your UB email account to send a message to someone at Outlook.com and your UB email account is associated with Facebook or Twitter, Outlook.com will pull a picture from Facebook to display when your email message is displayed. Depending on what images you have on Facebook or Twitter, the picture may be inappropriate, like Mr. Party above.

Outlook.com provides Web access for the following popular email domains: @hotmail.com, @msn.com, @live.com and @outlook.com. So email messages sent to people with mailboxes with these domains may see your social media profile picture, unless you take steps to disable this integration feature.

For step-by-step directions on how to unlink your @buffalo.edu email address from social media sites, see the Related Links section on this page.

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