Facebook Private Messages Made Public and HOW TO FIX YOURS

by Robyn Wright on October 5, 2012

in Social Media

We all see all sorts of warnings about what Facebook is or is not doing that are actually untrue. Facebook privacy is always a  big issue. When the latest started people said it was untrue, but then people started actually finding it was real. Some sort of Facebook mishap has caused some past PRIVATE MESSAGES on Facebook to end up in your PUBLIC TIMELINE available for anyone to see. Now granted they were not right at the top of your page, but they are still there and many people have some very interesting conversations in private messages that they would not want others to see.

What has really surprised me about this was how little I saw of people talking about it. Within my circle of blogging friends I saw discussion, but not much outside of them. This is one of those things that you can easily fix and share the how-to with friends and family. It takes maybe 5 minutes of your time to complete the steps.

CoolMomTech has outlined how to fix this in easy step-by-step instructions (thank you Type-A Mom for pointing her post out). Just take your time to read how and it will be over before you know it! Make sure to share with your friends and family also because even if you correct it on your account, your private messages with them may still show up on their account if they do not fix this also.

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1 Robin October 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Are you KIDDING me? Facebook drives me up the wall sometimes. I am really not into over-sharing of any type…and especially not private messages. Thank you for the alert!

2 Robin October 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I just fixed my timeline. It was indeed necessary to fix it. Thank you!

3 Robyn's Online World October 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm

glad that it was helpful info!

4 theconfidentmom October 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I did this – crazy that it can slip by and no one knows til it is too late!

5 Tiffany Winner October 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm

i haven’t seen any of this showing up on my wall or friends’ walls so far

6 Robyn's Online World October 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Realize that this is not going to just jump onto the screen – it is something people would have to look for OR that robots may scan for.

7 mefink October 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

This is the first time I heard of this. I don’t do facebook but my daughters do so I will have to let them know. Thank you.

8 Robyn's Online World October 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Yes, make sure to let our kids know too!

9 Mia Dentice October 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thank YOU for posting!

10 Robyn's Online World October 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

You’re welcome!

11 tannawings October 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Saw this the other day and although I dont PM much at all, I am hoping I did it right!

12 Robyn's Online World October 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I’m sure you did fine – you are much more tech savvy than you give yourself credit for

13 Julie October 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I read this on cool mom tech also. This happened to me, in the years 2009 and 2010. I think people don’t realize they are there because it looks like a regular wall post, and it’s only what your friend wrote not your response back. (Although, your response back could be on the friend’s timeline) I shared on my fb wall and hardly anyone believes me because snopes says its not true. It really did happen though, and I can still see private messages on my friends timelines. Luckily nothing bad!

14 Robyn's Online World October 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Thanks for adding the info about it being one sided when you see it

15 Shannon Whitfield October 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I was wondering if this was true or not.. I will be immediately checking my wall! Thank you for showing us how to fix it!!

16 Robyn's Online World October 5, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Happy to share!

17 GlArthy October 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Any action to delete or hide the old posts take way too long and the two or three steps to get there …. keep you busy.

18 Brutus Duffy October 6, 2012 at 4:58 am

Thanks for posting this-big help!

19 Wanda McHenry October 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

When I clicked on 2010 there was nothing that said anything about # of friend, etc. So I guess I don’t need worry? Or am I not seeing that part?

20 Rose October 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

UGH I just spent a huge amount of time on my wall. Thanks for sharing the info. and link. Just ugh again!

21 Vicki Bensinger October 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Thanks for sharing this.

22 Jennifer Peaslee October 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I read about that too and checked my FB page and didn’t find anything…I guess when it didn’t happen to you, you start to think it’s just a hoax. Do you know anyone who had this happen to them? I don’t, but I don’t think it’s a hoax either. jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

23 Stacey Nicole October 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Wow I heard nothing About this. Thank you so much for posting how to fix it. Private messages should stay private haha. That is a BIG mishap.
Email – Stacey.brickner6@gmail.com

24 MichelleS October 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

That’s a big mistake on their part! I understand there are going to be glitches, I just hope it’s UNintended. I doubt they would oust people’s messages on purpose, but the other stuff I wouldn’t put past them.

25 Margie November 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for the heads up.

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