Some Facebook users may have received a message about their password this evening.
The social media giant has been reportedly sending members messages to let them know that their password had been stored ‘internally’, although is reassuring users that their passwords have no been improperly accessed.
It is not known how many users have been affected, but those that have seen a note at the top of their home page.
“We’ve recently found that your Facebook password had been stored internally in a readable format,” Facebook said.
“We’ve fixed this issue and found no sign that your password has been improperly accessed or abused.
“We’re very sorry that this happened, and we’ll continue to improve how we protect your information.”
The warning comes after Ireland’s Data Protection Commission launched an investigation into Facebook in April this year, over it’s failure to protect millions of users passwords.
It followed revelations from the social media giant that some of its engineers had stored hundreds of millions of people’s passwords from both Facebook and Instagram on unencrypted internal servers.
In April, the authority said in a statement: “The Data Protection Commission was notified by Facebook that it had discovered that hundreds of millions of user passwords, relating to users of Facebook, Facebook Lite and Instagram, were stored by Facebook in plain text format in its internal servers,”
“We have this week commenced a statutory inquiry in relation to this issue to determine whether Facebook has complied with its obligations under relevant provisions of the GDPR.”
At the time, a Facebook spokesman said: “We are working with the IDPC on their inquiry.
“There is no evidence that these internally stored passwords were abused or improperly accessed.”