Thought it was safe to message someone privately on Facebook, ever used the phrase private message when describing Facebook?
Well think again.
Facebook have I believe ‘inadvertently’ leaked millions of its users ‘private’ messages onto people’s timelines.
The situation was brought too attention from a status that did the rounds saying:
Facebook has publicized your private messages from 2007-2011 and displayed them on your profile as wall posts!! To stop this select each year on the right-hand scroll bar and next to the wall posts for each year hit ‘edit’ and ‘hide from timeline.’
This only deletes messages you’ve received from people – private messages you sent to other people will still show up on their walls, so tell everyone to do the same.
It was believed to have been up for around 3 hours and allowed people to have a good nose around to see what information had been shared between two users.
I for one took full advantage to see what loved up messages my friends had received form ex-girlfriends for future banter.
The problem now seems to be resolved but the repercussions could be severe for the website that boasts some 800million users.