The Facebook Profile Hoax
You've probably received just as many panicked warnings as I have that Facebook has a "glitch" that reveals all of your private messages dating back to your first log in on the popular social media site. New information says this "glitch" does not even exist
Posted on 10/3/2012
When I saw the terrified expressions on my friends faces I thought something horrible had happened: that perhaps women's yoga pants had been outlawed on campus or ESPN headquarters had exploded. There expressions, however, were serious for a reason. They had received the same email many of us had: a link to a news article that reveals a "glitch" on your Facebook profile. This "glitch" apprently let's anyone and everyone who has access to your Facebook profile see all of your private messages, dating back to the moment when you first logged in.
This was atrocious news for reasons that were "personal" to everyone involved. While some of these old "personal" messages may only be of concern due to embarassing use of abrevs (abbreviations) or excessive use of emoji .
Some were actually incredibly personal: old messages to exes, private discussions about family issues, basically summed up to the phrase "Now everyone's gonna see my messages with __________ about _________". This "glitch" as it has now surfaced does not exist. An article in the Business Insider added a further input on the issue.
"If the glitch did exist, Facebook could simply write some code, stop the immediate issue, and deal with the PR mess.
But you can't fix a problem that doesn't exist.
So Facebook is dealing with a PR mess without being able to stop the activity that is causing it – because the activity that is causing it is nothing that users didn't originally happily do themselves."
As this article hinted at, Facebook's public relations department is doing some serious damage control right now trying to convince users of the false nature of this facebook rumor. Even the speculation behind this hoax puts a serious dent in Facebook's repertoire with its users, who already hate on its questionably sneaky privacy policies,. On the other hand for us users, the fact that this is a hoax is great news. We can now feel safe again knowing that our private messages are not being shown, merely our cringe-inducing wall posts from Freshmen year of high school. While great news for us, this is also great news for the Zuckerberg scorned Winklevoss twins who eagerly await the Facebook CEO's downfall.
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