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Are Facebook messages really private? International users have recently reported news of a glitch in Facebook’s system that has been exposing user’s private messages on the timeline.
With Facebook constantly changing and hackers constantly being found around the site, news of serious privacy glitches have been brought up in France. The Huffington Post repots that France’s Le Nouvel Observateur reported that messaged conversations between users during the years of 2007 and 2009 are no longer private.
So should you be worried that your private messages may soon be making their way onto your friend’s timelines? Facebook commented on the reports saying that timeline has not exposed private messages. The confusion between what is a message and what is a comment is due to the difference in Facebook transformation over the years.
Facebook says that users are confusing old comments as messages because users used to use comments as a way to talk back and fourth before “liking” and on post commenting was available.
“A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline,” said Facebook’s comment to TechCrunch on the reported glitch. “Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages.”
While Facebook has denied the rumored glitch, there are always numerous ways to make sure your Facebook settings are set to private to make sure your cyber world holds boundaries.