Update Aug. 24, 2022, 6:10 a.m. ET: A Facebook spokesperson tweeted that the bug was caused by a configuration change and “caused some people to experience issues with their Facebook channel,” and the company has since fixed the bug .
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Facebook said on Wednesday it was aware that some users were seeing strange posts on their feeds and said it was working to resolve the issue. Multiple users around the world have been complaining for more than three hours about seeing random posts and activity tickers to celebrity pages from strangers on their timelines.
These posts take over users’ main feed (including Ivan’s) and suppress the usual flow of images, videos and other stories shared by friends. The existence of the bug, the first of its kind in memories, means that if a stranger posts on — or engages with — a celebrity’s page you’ve liked, those posts and activities are likely to appearance in your feed.
Several users also reported experiencing an outage on Facebook on Wednesday, according to DownDetector, a third-party service that monitors Internet services. It’s unclear if the outage is related to the aforementioned issue.
“We are aware that some people are having issues with the Facebook Feed. We are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience,” a Meta spokesperson told TechCrunch in a statement.
Facebook, which reaches more than 3 billion people each month through its family of apps, has tried to change this year news feed by renaming it to just “feed” and introducing a new section to display posts from your friends and family in reverse chronological order.
The social network’s popularity has declined over the past few years. A recent study by the Pew Research Center suggests so only 32% of teenagers aged 13-17 use Facebook only 2% of teenagers use it regularly.
Some people console this unfortunate incident by making memes.