If you have any secrets you shared on Facebook in the past five years, you might have something to worry about. Reports suggest that private messages have just recently become available to the public—if you know where to look. From to , some private Facebook messages are now viewable on Timeline. Users now have to go to each year separately on Timeline, and hide the messages from public view.
Another Facebook fail: Bug caused it to publicly share 14M private messages
14 Million Users' Private Posts Were Made Public by Facebook | Digital Trends
Facebook finds itself in hot waters again. Facebook said the issue has been corrected, and posts that were intended to be shared privately have been recategorized. Facebook was trying out a new option for people to share featured items on their feeds. Instead of relying on previous privacy settings established by the users, the glitch made postings public as a default. To be clear, this bug did not impact anything people had posted before — and they could still choose their audience just as they always have.
Your most private Facebook messages may have been made public - millions hit by new bug
Snopes needs your help! Learn more. According to the article, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the upcoming change in a since-deleted status update to his own Facebook page and stated the policy would affect all accounts retroactively, even if they had been deactivated:. It is a policy that we are going to enact over the next couple of updates. We feel it is a good policy that will promote honesty, and it will be retroactive, so old messages will be visible until a week after you deactivate your Facebook account.
Facebook is facing more trouble after it admitted a shock new bug may have made private messages available to everyone. The issue, which was spotted last month, meant some messages were automatically set to go public. Facebook's settings usually include a strict pattern which means if users always post privately the default for a new message will follow that protocol. However, for fives days in May, the bug set every post to public even if the user had, in previous posts, chosen to keep their messages private.