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Facebook denies private messages leak

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Tue Sep 25 2012, 09:33

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has denied that some of its users' old private messages are appearing on their public walls, saying that there has been no breach of user privacy.

The firm has been accused of leaking users' private messages onto their Timeline, but in fact it says, those messages were always public and are just very old.

"A small number of users raised concerns after what they believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline," it said in a statement this morning.

"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."

Users had complained that their messages were suddenly going public, and some have suggested that the breach relates to content that is almost six years old.

However, it looks like they have just forgotten how they used to use the website, which was usually with little thought for personal privacy, and have been shocked by their own candour.

When it launched Timeline, Facebook defended the feature against criticisms that it would weaken users personal privacy.

"Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared and collect your most important moments," said a spokesperson.

"It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run. Timeline does not change any of your privacy settings." µ


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