We first heard reports of this through emails from readers. Anecdotally, this appears to be true, at least for me — I am currently seeing what appear to have been private messages on friends’ Timelines. My own Timeline also now is showing pre-2009 direct messages. Not all users, however, are seeing the bug.
The issue appears to be showing up both here in the United States as well as internationally. Reports of this have been been published in French newspapers such as Le Monde, Le Matin andMetro France.
This is just breaking, so this post will be updated as more information becomes available. We’ve reached out to Facebook for comment, and will update this with any feedback we receive.
Update: A Facebook spokesperson responded via email with the following message:
original report here >>“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.”