New Facebook Messages Privacy Bug Found

Facebook is the most popular social network in the world. I could hardly find someone who does not have a Facebook account. With so many people on Facebook, privacy becomes a major concern if you do not wish to get annoyed by people with whom you do not wish to connect. Facebook’s privacy settings are quiet enough for a user to have a pleasant social experience without getting annoyed. But I recently found out a bug which might be a major concern to people who take their privacy very seriously.

Facebook messages privacy setting

I had been friends with Abhishek Kumar and to test Facebook’s privacy settings, I asked him to change his privacy settings for messages so that only his friends can message him (as shown above). Just after he did that, I unfriended him which was no less than a shock to him.

As you can see in the image below, I sent him a message after his privacy settings were changed and he was not my friend anymore on Facebook.

Facebook messages privacy bug

This seems to be a major privacy concern. Not minutes later, did my friend Michael Johnson tried it out with me and IT DID WORK. He was able to message me without any warning being displayed on his screen! At the end of this post you can find a video created by him which demonstrates the bug.

Facebook says

Changes to the “Who can message me” privacy setting may take up to 24 hours to take effect.

But I found that today I could message a lady who unfriended me 12 days back. Please note that she had these privacy settings enabled since many months. It could not be shown due to some privacy concerns!

I have sent an email  to Facebook informing them about this bug. I am sure you will try to test it now. Make sure you do it before Facebook fixes it ;)

  • http://sjbn.co/ Saket Jajodia

    This is not a bug.. If you ever sent a msg to other person (or vise-versa) who has changed its privacy settings then for rest of the life 1st person (from whom its block) will able to send msg..

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      If I unfriend you because you are annoying me, according to my privacy settings you shouldn’t be able to message me! The privacy setting says that ONLY FRIENDS should be able to message me and you are not my friend, hence you should not be able to message me.
      (I don’t mean YOU but just to explain, I used the word “you”)

    • http://sjbn.co/ Saket Jajodia

      :P I know you can’t mean that.. :P
      Anyways.. Facebook won’t display message button if you set such privacy settings but if you add /messages/ after facebook.com and before profile ID you will able to send msg only if anyone of you have ever exchanged even a single msg before..

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      well, that is what I meant in the post. If I set the setting to only friends, I would strictly mean it. :)

    • http://sjbn.co/ Saket Jajodia

      But then if you will send PM to non-friends then they won’t be able to reply and this way SPAM can start and for people who don’t want to keep it as friends then they also need to keep because of SPAM..

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      In that case, you can report the messages or block that person! Also, “SPAM” is not the right word to be used here. Spam is not what people send via Messages. “Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages, especially advertising, indiscriminately.” – Wikipedia. So, if a non-friend is sending you messages even if you do not want to talk to him/her, he/she is annoying you and the block option is always available for people who annoy you!

    • http://d2d.co/ Saket Jajodia

      Ya agree with that.. And what about main thing?
      “if you will send PM to non-friends then they won’t be able to reply”

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      That still happens with me, I am unable to reply to people who message me sometimes because of the friend request block! It is usual and depends on an individual’s privacy setting. If you are sending message to a non-friend while you have these privacy settings set to “only friends” you are just fooling yourself.

    • http://d2d.co/ Saket Jajodia

      Don’t know but I am able to reply to such people who has changed their privacy settings to only friends or friends or friends..

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      If you are able to reply them though they are not your friends and if they have these settings enabled, then it is a bug because Facebook is not following the privacy settings set by the user! If it is not a bug, they should clearly explain about it here https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203546883020751#How-do-I-control-who-can-message-me-on-Facebook?

    • http://d2d.co/ Saket Jajodia

      Even if its a bug I don’t want it to be solved else it could be prob for me.. :P

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      Perceptions always differ. You may not want it to be solved because you may wish to send messages to people who have these strong privacy settings but might have unfriended you. That is not the case with everyone else. Instead of saying “Even if its a bug” you should accept that it is indeed a bug!!

    • http://d2d.co/ Saket Jajodia

      I don’t know about people who removed me form their friend list.. I am talking about the people who are not in my friend list..

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      Whatever it may be, my point lied in the last line of my previous comment.

    • http://d2d.co/ Saket Jajodia

      hmm..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=711306522 Abhishek Kumar

    So you are saying if I block some one then also he would be able to send me messages… I dun buy that, if i unfriend any one that person will not be able to send me messages ever if I have the above settings, simple..

  • http://www.stupidtechie.net/ Ujjwal Kumar

    Even I think its not a bug..

    • http://www.7chip.com/ 7chip

      me too…

  • http://khogali.info/blog Ahmed Khogali

    that’s stupid!!!