Facebook has been flooded with complaints from users who say some of their old private messages have been re-published publicly on the social network.
Some Facebook users said that messages they had sent privately on the social network between 2007 and 2009 were being republished into their public timelines on the site
However, Facebook denied that there had been a privacy breach and claimed the messages were old public messages that were being reposted because of a bug.
Some users said that messages they had sent privately on the social network between 2007 and 2009 were being republished into their public timelines on the site. Though it was not clear how many people were affected, there were complaints from users in Britain, America and in Europe.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, was hit by the bug. His profile showed a message to a friend that said “2009 is going to be a huge year”.
A Facebook spokesman said: “A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline. Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages. Facebook is satisfied that there has been no breach of user privacy.”
Some were unconvinced by the denial, however. Colleen Taylor, a writer for an American technology website, said that she had confirmed with friends that messages appearing in their timelines were originally sent as private messages.
Last week, Facebook added a new feature that shows members of the site their search history and lets them delete searches they do not want Facebook to retain. The feature is part of Facebook’s Activity Log, which lets members of the social network see what information Facebook holds on them.
Facebook said: ‘It’s important to remember that no one else can see your Activity Log, including your search activity.”
One Facebook user in London said last night messages from 2006 to 2008 which had been sent to her by other users had appeared on her wall and messages she had sent as private were showing up on her friend’s wall.
She said: “This is worrying. I’m trying to figure out how to fix it. It’s scary. They are private messages and my friends and I used to dicuss private things on facebook.