Wednesday, December 19, 2012

6 of Facebook's All-Time Biggest Privacy Scandals

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September 2012 — Our Private Messages Went Public?

This fall, lots of people got very riled up over claims that thanks to some kind of glitch with Timeline, private messages from any time before 2010 were now publicly viewable as wall posts. Some people are still convinced that this really did happen, but experts and Facebook itself claim that we all just forgot what kind of things we used to make public on the site, before the existence of Timeline, comments on posts, and the ability to "view conversations." In response, Facebook released the following statement:

"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."

Whether or not this all some terrible cover up, it's doubtful anyone bothered to go back to your wall just to see who you were making dinner plans with in 2007. No one is that interested.

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