A Facebook spokesperson is denying reports that private messages sent by users on the social networking site have become public.
The glitch was first reported Monday when French newspaper Metro noticed that private messages dating from 2007 to 2009 were suddenly accessible to friends and acquaintances on their profile pages. Other newspapers across the country began reporting similar incidences, citing reports from the site's users.
On Monday afternoon, a Facebook spokesperson told TechCruch.com that they had looked in to the reported issues and found no problems.
“A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline," the spokesperson wrote in an email. "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.”
While the issues were first noticed in France, users in other countries began reporting that their accounts were also affected. Some users also said that messages written as recently as last year have appeared.