If you stayed awake last night on social networks, you will surely have seen that your timeline or Facebook feed was full of random people writing messages on the accounts of celebrities. Well, it’s not that the social network ‘has nothing else to show’, nor is it an error of your own, hundreds of users also saw the same posts. Apparently, everything was the fault of a Facebook algorithm that registered said failure, causing chaos throughout the platform, or at least in its feed.
Between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. (UTC), that is, between 12:00 and 01:00 a.m., Colombia time, the bug was presented that showed millions of users the messages left by fans in the accounts and celebrities The truth is that the spam that occurred had something in common: the comments you saw were all from people you don’t know, or follow on the pages of artists, actors, influencers, etc.
It went something like this: if you follow Lady Gaga and someone decided to make a post on that Facebook page, you (and everyone who follows her) would see the comments on your home page. This happened with pages of artists such as Coldplay, Ariana Grande, Nirvana, The Beatles, Emma Watson, John Cena, Muse and Cristiano Ronaldo. Even users forwarded to Twitter to show what was happening on Facebook.
It’s carnage out there folks pic.twitter.com/DgpmcwuiCn
— jon.porter (@JonPorty) August 24, 2022
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After three hours of continuous chaos, the problem seems to have been resolved. Alexandru Voica, Facebook spokesman blamed “a configuration change” (unspecified) for the problem in the social network. Likewise, he announced in his twitter account that the problem was already solved. But… the damage has already been done and Internet users were not going to waste it.
Earlier today, a configuration change caused some people to have trouble with their Facebook Feed. We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
— Alexandru Voica 💀 (@alexvoica) August 24, 2022
Seeing that all the posts made on celebrity boards were going to have quite a bit of reach, users posted all sorts of things. Memes, sexual images, charitable causes, links, there were even those who took the opportunity to promote cryptocurrency projects. So far, the platform has not officially commented on the problem.