New in the series of Facebook security issues, today: a new problem regarding a private message exposing bug. Several French users reported that a Facebook bug exposed private messages.
It’s obvious Facebook is having a hard time. Just yesterday it was accused of breaching users’ trust by joining hands with Datalogic, an ad tracking company. Facebook took another hit these days from its French users, who as of Monday had their Timeline themed profiles become generic.
Users saying Facebook has published all their private messages on their wall had the French government react. Officials asked Facebook to shed light into the matter and give an explanation why users were having their private messages from 2006-2007 exposed on their timeline.
Facebook officials deny this private message exposing claim, stating that there is no such thing as an internal connection between private messages and wall-posts. “Facebook engineers examined the situation and confirmed that the messages in question were old postings, which had previously been visible on the users’ profiles,” said a spokesman from Facebook France.
For Facebook this isn’t the time to admit there might be something wrong going on in their network. It’s a distressing situation for users who are worried more of their private messages will leak..
“There are messages I’ve got on my wall that are most definitely private messages! From 2006 all the way up to 2012,” reported blogger Poppy Dinsey for BBC. “I have private messages published to my wall, as did my wife and many friends. Facebook needs to come clean,” declared another user.
But Facebook would rather have users think they’re going crazy than admit there’s a bug in the network. “A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline” said Facebook in a statement.
A spokesperson for Facebook tried to explain the apparent bug to be just user confusion. Before 2008, wall posts didn’t include the “like” button or allowed people to comment, so it might had people confused and believing they were in fact private messages.
While users are not convinced of Facebook’s cover-up of the private messages exposure bug, the networks says it “satisfied that there has been no reach of user privacy”.