There’s A Fine Line Between Private And Public, And Facebook Might Have Just Crossed It

Posted on: October 4, 2012

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100% Agree! If I want an action to be seen; I’ll do it publicly; if I want to quietly let someone know their hem is tucked in their underpants, I want that to be PRIVATE.


According to The Next Web, sending someone a link to something on a third-party site using Facebook’s social system in a private message increases the “Like” numbers on public counters by two.

Before I dig into why this is a bad idea and perhaps a serious invasion of privacy, I will let you read Facebook’s response, which was also just published by TNW:

We did recently find a bug with our social plugins where at times the count for the Share or Like goes up by two, and we are working on fix to solve the issue now. To be clear, this only affects social plugins off of Facebook and is not related to Facebook Page likes. This bug does not impact the user experience with messages or what appears on their timelines.

You’ll notice that the Facebook representative noted that there was a bug where this action would…

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