Facebook Messenger Bug is Resurrecting Years-Old Message Threads

Written by Nitish Singh
Last updated July 12, 2021

A number of Facebook users were left confused after they saw old message threads re-appearing as 'new.' Users moved to social media and complained about the issue, and it seems like both the Messenger app and the desktop Messenger website were affected.

Facebook quickly responded to the issue and fixed it. A spokesperson responded stating that “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. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Many users who were affected by the bug were concerned that the bug could resurface past memories they would rather not be reminded of. Unless a user actively deleted old conversations they do not want to resurface, Facebook keeps a record of all of your past interactions that can go as far back as 2004, when the website first launched for Harvard students.

This is not the first time such an issue has occurred. Facebook’s introduction of the On This Day feature caused a lot of users to be left less than happy. The algorithm was nowhere near perfect and resurrected unpleasant memories as well. The social media company has improved its algorithm since then, and such issues are not prevalent anymore.

However, unlike the last time, old messages popping up was caused by a bug instead of strategic failure on Facebook’s part. Facebook released an update after fixing the issue stating that it was caused due to faulty software updates to Messenger and they have been resolved. Aside from the one-off bug that affected users, the platform is relatively bug-free and such issues rarely ever happen. Restarting your Messenger app or refreshing the website should remove all old threads marked as new.

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