FORT MYERS, Fla. - Rumors of a Facebook privacy breach have users all over the world worried about their private messages going public.
The rumor coincides with the social networks latest format, the Timeline. Users are complaining that their old private messages are showing up on their wall, when they hoped no one would ever see them.
The hoax is typically spread through emails, which say all your private messages from 2009 or before are now on your timeline. The sender even says they checked it out themselves.
Needless to say, the 955 million people who use Facebook had reason to be concerned, but you can breathe a sigh of relief. Those so-called private messages are just old Facebook posts.
"Our engineers have investigated the complaints and found the messages were older wall posts that have always been visible on the users' profile pages," said Fred Wolens with Facebook's policy communications department.
"Facebook is satisfied that there has been no breach of privacy."
We've also heard complaints about private twitter messages going public. The social network admits it happens from time to time, but that it's typically user error. A user might think they're sending a private message but they hit the wrong button and they send a public tweet instead.
Third-party providers can also cause issues, if you tweet from your phone using a different application.
Keep in mind that you can never really delete a public tweet or facebook post. You may think it's gone, but it can always be found. So if you're sending a message you want to keep private, use a little extra precaution.