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Activating Facebook instant messaging also imports all facebook contacts to people app

asked 2014-02-19 20:11:35 +0300

vlow gravatar image

updated 2014-02-19 20:23:33 +0300

I noticed that contacts are still being synced with Facebook when I disable the Facebook sync but activate the Instant Messaging. My expactation would be that I can chat with the facebook contacts who are in my contact list, but instead all of my contacts are added to my addressbook. Even if I delete them from the address book, they reappear.

Is this a bug? Can I change this behaviour?

I also noticed that the contacts stay in my addressbook, even after i completely disabled the Facebook account. Aren't they supposed to disappear when the account is disabled?

Thank you all

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Having the same problem. And no, this is not a feature, this is a problem. I very much expect to be able to have the last say of who I have on my contact list.

Having a few dozen selected contacts = manageable and handy

Having a few hundred contacs = cluttered and inpractical beyond belief

Removing the unwanted contacts manually from the contact list was a terrible pain, but seeing them reappear after the extraordinarily tedious process of manual deletion caused me apoplexy.

Movetron ( 2015-01-03 18:39:02 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-02-19 21:05:39 +0300

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updated 2014-02-19 21:09:17 +0300

Facebook is an xmpp account (FB chat) + checking for updates (for now), so if you do not want to have your facebook contacts on your phone don't use it. See it as a usual IM account you may link with other contact-entries. And no nothing disappears if you do not delete it.

Disabling the status sync but having the IM online makes it load exactly these entries as they are your IM (FB chat) roster. Don't know if the other way round works. But I guess one will create a contact-card with a website and maybe address and birthday and the other will create cards from its xmpp (FB chat) roster.

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Thank you! The people configuration states that "Contacts synced from an external service are not affected and should be removed by changing the settings for the relevant account.", so I assumed they would be automatically removed if I disable syncing.

If I can't use facebook chat without importing all my contacts to my addressbook, the facebook integration is not really an option. Not being able to constrain the import to a sepcific group makes the function pretty unusable for me.

vlow ( 2014-02-19 23:23:08 +0300 )edit
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