Be Cool, Facebook Users: No Private Messages Appear On Timeline

Facebook privacy settings

They’re just old wall posts.

Facebook users were in a bit of an uproar early this morning when they saw private messages written in 2009 and earlier showing up on viewable Timelines as messages “Posted by friends.” Take heart, Facebookers. There isn’t a privacy bug. What you’re seeing aren’t private messages. They’re just old wall posts, according to an investigation performed by TechCrunch.

[quote type=”large” align=”left”] “Every report we’ve seen, we’ve gone back and checked. We haven’t seen one report that’s been confirmed [of a private message being exposed]. A lot of the confusion is because before 2009 there were no likes and no comments on wall posts. People went back and forth with wall posts instead of having a conversation [in the comments of single wall post.]” [/quote]

This amends the previous statement issued by Facebook following early reports:

[quote type=”large” align=”left”] “A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline. Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages. Facebook is satisfied that there has been no breach of user privacy.” [/quote]

Did you have a panic moment this morning over Facebook’s “privacy bug?”

Dusten Carlson
Dusten has written for web and print and currently spends his time working on his upcoming graphic novel. He is also almost 30 and still has all of his hair.


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