Facebook Messenger bug makes old messages reappear

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No, it's not a joke. Many users of the popular Messenger application have complained about the appearance of old conversations on the top of their message feeds - an unfortunate bug, which was quickly fixed by Facebook.

Messenger users expressed their concerns with the application via multiple other social media platforms. All the complaints reported the same issue - namely the automatic appearance of old messages dating back several years or archives in the inbox.

The problem was immediately recognized by the social network. "Some people are seeing older messages on We are aware of the issue and are actively working to resolve it in as soon as possible." The promise was kept because Facebook's tech team scrambled and made quick work of the bug, reassuring users affected by it.

The bug was fixed on the evening of November 26. "The problem, caused by software updates, has been fully resolved. We are sorry for the inconvenience" said Facebook.

To avoid this kind of inconvenience in the future, we can only advise you to permanently delete the messages that you no longer wish to see, in order to avoid problems. Facebook even offers a guide for this.

Were you a victim of the bug? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The Verge

Pierre Vitré

Pierre Vitré

Pierre has a strong passion for new technologies and mobile since its first StarTac. Android user since 2011, Pierre became totally hooked. He never leaves his smartphone and smartwatch and still believes in the success of Google Glass. That's why he joined to be the head of content.

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  • Victor Engel Jan 22, 2021 Link to comment

    This is currently happening to me. I deleted the conversation hoping to resolve the problem that way. But the messenger portion of still occasionally pops up with a dialog with a specific person. It's empty now, but it's still popping up. Annoying!

  • rEALLY-pIZZED Dec 3, 2019 Link to comment

    I might be a victim so to speak or my fiancee is a cheating slut. I snapped a few pictures of inappropriate behavior using FB Messenger on her phone Thanksgiving day 2019 and the Dates look exactly like this starting with, NOV 22 AT 5:45PM, then NOV 24 AT 6:38 AM, and the next is MON AT 3:45 PM, MON AT 10:03 PM, TUE AT 10:31 PM, WED AT 9:12 AM. SOOOO, 2019 November calendar shows the 22nd being a Friday which makes the 24th a Sunday and the next entry is shown as "MON". The 2018 calendar is off by one day and the 22nd is a Thursday so these time stamps do not fit. Do old reappearing messages keep the old date and time or are the old words just put to the current date?