Some things are intended to stay private. Facebook is used daily by over 800 million “active” users, according to their press offices. But did the internationally popular social media outlet recently allow private messages to be publicly displayed?
Many users claim “yes.” According to an article in the New York Daily News, the social media chaos began on Monday with reports in France.
Users there claimed that messages as old as 2006 to 2009 were being viewed on their personal Timeline features.
“A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline,” Facebook said in a statement, according to Agence France-Press. “Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages.”
Users on TechCrunch.com and popular blogs like “What I Wore Today” have claimed otherwise.
“I have private messages published to my wall, as did my wife and many friends,” said one user on TechCrunch.
Facebook spokespersons say that is not the case.
“People went back and forth with wall posts instead of having a conversation,” the spokesperson said to the New York Daily news.
Read more about the internationally story on the New York Daily News.
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