Facebook glitch is flooding feeds with posts from random people

Facebook MELTDOWN: Chaos on social media site as users’ feeds are filled with random posts to celebrity pages triggering avalanche of spam

  • Weird Facebook glitch has been affecting user feeds since Wednesday morning
  • The glitch is flooding feeds with random people posting on pages of celebrities
  • Facebook’s parent company Meta has since apologised for the bizarre issue

Facebook users were today hit with a meltdown after their feeds were flooded with random spam posts from strangers sharing content on celebrity pages.

The social network’s 2.8billion global users reported falling victim to the bizarre bug that filled news feeds with memes, pornography and cryptocurrency spam. 

Celebrity pages, which can boast tens or hundreds of millions of followers, appeared to be targeted by trolls who took advantage of the glitch to launch a torrent of spam to those who had once ‘liked’ a popular page. 

Anyone sharing content to pages of famous bands, athletes and influencers were then having it broadcasted to the feeds of the millions of people who followed them.

Posts shared to popular accounts are usually filtered out, but security experts today told MailOnline that Meta’s recent changes to its algorithm could have caused the issue.

Furious Facebook users were quick to share their outrage online, with many venting their frustration at their feeds being filled with random posts.

Meta, the company which owns Facebook, has reported problems since 7:08 AM BST, according to website Downdetector, which monitors website outages. 

A Meta spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘We’re aware that some people are having trouble with their Facebook Feed. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.’ 

The social network’s 2.8billion global users reported falling victim to the bizarre bug that filled news feeds with memes, pornography and cryptocurrency spam. Pictured: One of the thousands of meme shared to a celebrity page dedicated to footballer Paul Pogba

Meta, the company which owns Facebook, has reported problems since 7:08 AM BST, according to website Downdetector, which monitors website outages

Posts shared to popular celebrity pages are usually filtered out, but security experts today told MailOnline that Meta’s recent changes to its algorithm could have caused the issue

Celebrity pages, which can boast tens or hundreds of millions of followers, appeared to be targeted by trolls who took advantage of the glitch to launch a torrent of spam to those who had once ‘liked’ a popular page

Over 2,000 people in the UK have reported problems, with 80 per cent of those claiming the issue is with their feeds, Downdetector shows. 

Users in the US, Australia and elsewhere in the world are also reporting the problem.

Several Facebook users questioned whether the social network had been hacked, although Jake Moore, a security advisor at ESET, said this is not likely.

‘Although it may look like Facebook has been hacked, it is more likely to be a technical glitch resulting from a few recent changes Facebook made to its algorithm,’ he told MailOnline.

‘Until the issue is fixed, you may need to unfollow the rogue accounts you are seeing in your feed.’

The site’s owner, Meta, is yet to comment on the issue.

Facebook users flooded to Twitter to share their experiences of the bizarre glitch. 

Twitter user @maymaywala said: ‘@facebook is down or what???? My feed is spammed with what random people are commenting on celebrity pages.’

Another user, @Zeeshan0961, said: ‘What the hell is this @facebook? My whole timeline is Full with people posting On Celebrities walls.’ 

Facebook has been having problems since 7:08 AM BST, according to website Downdetector, which monitors website outages.

Over 2,000 people in the UK have reported problems, with 80 per cent of those claiming this issue is with their feeds. Users globally appear to be affected

One Twitter user, @CallMeElektra, took a screenshot of her Facebook feed, showing a random person posting on the page of rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Another person posted shots of random posts to the pages of musicians Eminem and Billie Eilish, claiming it had affected his ‘entire feed’. 

It seems to be a global issue – one user based in Melbourne, Australia, had seen a post of someone posting to the page of American actor Vin Diesel.

Another affected user shared their experience from New Delhi in India, saying Facebook is ‘acting drunk and funny’. 

 

 

 

 

Facebook users flooded to Twitter to share their experiences of the bizarre glitch, which the site’s owner, Meta, is yet to comment on

It appears the glitch is not affecting every Facebook user. 

It’s possible the issue may be related to long-term changes that are being made to Facebook’s feed for users globally. 

Meta is splitting the Facebook homepage into two separate tabs – ‘Feeds’, which is focused on chronological posts, and ‘Home’, which focuses on promoted posts.

FACEBOOK APP IS SPLITTING ITS NEWS FEED INTO TWO SEPARATE TABS – HOME AND FEEDS 

Facebook has bowed to pressure from users and is bringing back the chronological feed so users can see updates from friends in the order they were published. 

The social network is rolling out a new tab called ‘Feeds’ for desktop and its iOS and Android apps, which shows the most recent posts from friends, groups and Pages. 

It’s also renamed the Facebook app’s primary tab – the first thing users see when they open the app – ‘Home’.   

The Home tab will continue to order posts by ‘relevance’, based on its algorithm, along with personalised recommendations of who to follow. 

Feeds will hark back to how Facebook appeared more than a decade ago. 

Facebook used to have a chronological news feed, but from 2011 this was phased out and replaced with algorithmically-driven content and most popular posts from friends nearer the top. 

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