Facebook has denied reports that a privacy breach lead to the public posting of private user messages.
The social network claims that the posts users are calling private messages are actually public posts made many years ago. Facebook says the confusion stems from the roll out of its timeline feature and the ever changing ways people communicate on Facebook.
"A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline," said a Facebook spokesperson.
"Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users' profile pages."
Early today reports began surfacing that Facebook users were seeing private messages from as far back as 2008 in their timeline. Facebook investigated the reports to find that the claims were invalid.
According to Facebook, users were confusing old wall posts with private messages. The company claims the issue related to users unfamiliarity with Facebook's new timeline features.
Facebook stores all users' wall posts in an activity log which allows them to see every post they've ever written. Users assumed the wall posts stored in the activity log were private messages because of the changing ways people use Facebook.
Users assumed that the old messages were private because in 2008 wall posts didn't include comments and likes. At the time, Facebook's lines of communication were mostly based through wall posts because of the inability to write to other users through a comment section.
As new features began to roll out forms of communication on Facebook began to change and users no longer had to communicate directly with each other by wall posts.
This isn't the first time the timeline tool has made headlines. A Chinese social-networking site recently filed a lawsuit against Facebook claiming that the tool was originally its idea.
Facebook has also recently had to contend with slumping share prices on Wall Street. Shares in the company have seen a steady drop in price since its original public offering last May.
As it currently stands share prices are hovering around $20, a steep decline from the company's original $38 a share price.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago