Rumors are circulating that Facebook has made public millions of users’ private messages on its Timeline feature.
After an initial report in the French newspaper Metro, the rumor was quickly picked up by some technology blogs and tech press, and it’s flying around social media. The problem is, it doesn’t seem to be true.
Facebook says that the Timeline messages that sparked the rumors are actually old wall posts, and if they contain private information, it has been publicly available the whole time.
“Every report we’ve seen, we’ve gone back and checked. We haven’t seen one report that’s been confirmed [of a private message being exposed]. A lot of the confusion is because before 2009 there were no likes and no comments on wall posts. People went back and forth with wall posts instead of having a conversation [in the comments of single wall post],” Facebook said, according to TechCrunch.