Facebook private message rumour is ‘false’ – Santa Monica Real Estate

A rumour that Facebook users’ private messages were appearing on public timelines is false, the firm has said.

A hot new rumor floating around facebook news feeds is that old private message are leaking onto Timelines…PUBLICLY. UH OH!

The social network has officially quashed the rumor, stating: “Facebook is satisfied that there has been no breach of user privacy.”

Another source at the company said there was “no way” the two areas of data could get mixed up.

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The source said that “no mechanism” had ever been created that would allow a private message to be published onto a user’s wall or timeline.

Similar rumours surfaced and were investigated in 2011, the source said, but after “extensive investigation” they were proven to be untrue.

Despite Facebook’s statement, many users reported finding what they believed to be old private material.

“There are messages I’ve got on my wall that are most definitely private messages! From 2006 all the way up to 2012,” wrote Poppy Dinsey, owner of fashion social network What I Wore Today.

“I’m 100% sure by content and from memory. And also some posts on my wall were clearly beginnings of (private) group [messages].”

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