If you happened to read this article on the BBC ‘Facebook Private Message Rumor False‘ and thought that you had nothing to worry about…think again!
I had a few clients contact me hysterical when indeed, they found that their private messages which included customers data such as phone numbers and addresses had indeed suddenly appeared in their timeline! We have seen this happening with our own eyes. We have found a way to remedy this, so don’t panic if this happens to you.
Your private inbox messages may now be visible for all to see on Facebook
All private messages from 2010 and earlier may now be visible on your Facebook wall! This is a new change or glitch on Facebook as of yesterday [2nd Oct 2012]. Don’t believe me, then check your timeline and keep on checking it for a while as on my personal Facebook timeline, they were not visible yesterday or this morning but have suddenly appeared this evening. They look like/are presented by Facebook as wall posts…..they are not! There’s an easy fix that you can perform in your own timeline
Just click on the year on the right (2007, 2008, 2009) and on your time line straight under that year on the right you’ll see a box with a bunch of friends’ messages and a header that says 89 people have written on your timeline, hover over the right until you see the pencil, click and select hide from timeline. do that for each year! These are NOT all wall posts when you look closely but are your Private Messages!
Remember: This will only hide the messages from your own inbox not messages that you have sent to others that reside in their inbox so get in touch with all your contacts and urge them to do the same.
Deleted all the messages in your inbox so think you’re safe? Think again as no messages are ever truly deleted on Facebook, they are simply archived and we have seen clients archived private messages appearing for everyone to see on their timeline!