Facebook New Year’s messaging tool, the Midnight Message Delivery app, was suspended after Jack Jenkins, a business IT student at Aberystwyth University, was able to read private messages meant for other users.
Jenkins alerted Facebook to the privacy problem after he was able to view a personal New Year’s message and private family photo sent by a stranger to another Facebook user.
Facebook launched its Midnight Message Delivery app as a way for users to send New Year’s Eve messages on December 31, reports The Guardian.
Jenkins wrote on his blog: “I just wanted to share this. I don’t know how a site like Facebook can continue to take these kinds of risks. PLEASE Don’t go deleting random messages, but try and delete one of mine that I set up especially if you want.”
Facebook disabled the Midnight Message Delivery app after Jenkins published his blog posting.
A Facebook spokesman said: “We are working on a fix for this issue now, and in the interim we have disabled this app on the Facebook Stories site to ensure that no messages can be accessed.”
The problem comes days after founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi Zuckerberg complained that her privacy had been invaded when a private family photo was accidentally shared publicly.