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If you happened to stumble upon an old and forgotten message in Facebook Messenger, you're not alone. Blame it on the latest bug to affect the social network.

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Facebook has acknowledged a glitch in which messages from years ago started popping up in the Messenger chat feed for random users. The problem was initially reported by several users on Twitter, according to The Verge, with one person expressing fear as the messages he saw were from the day his partner passed away.

"Some people are seeing older messages on Facebook.com," a spokesperson for the company send in a statement sent to The Verge. "We are aware of the issue and are actively working to resolve it in as soon as possible."

Compared with past Facebook problems, this latest one seems relatively benign. But consider that certain messages from the past may be painful to see again. Those could be messages about loved ones who have since died or marriages and relationships that have since dissolved. The bug also raises privacy concerns as it shows that Facebook keeps a record of your past messages.

Fortunately, the bug was short lived as later the same day, Facebook said it had resolved the issue, blaming it on software updates.

"Yesterday, some people may have experienced Facebook resending older messages," the company said in a statement sent to Download.com. "The issue, caused by software updates, has been fully resolved. We're sorry for any inconvenience."

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Takeaways

  1. Facebook has resolved a Messenger glitch that caused older messages to be resent to random users.
  2. The glitch may have sounded benign but potentially brought back painful memories for some people.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."