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Facebook says what went wrong with the strange celebrity spam glitch

Some Facebook users saw an unusually high number of posts about celebrities in their content feeds on Wednesday morning. This was caused by a strange bug.

Screenshots that were shared on Twitter showed that posts replying to celebrity fan pages and other accounts related to public figures flooded the feeds of some Twitter users. There were text replies, photos, and even some strange memes.

DownDetector, a site that keeps track of site outages, saw a rise in the number of people reporting problems with Facebook early Wednesday morning. Many of the complaints were about problems with Facebook's feed and "celebrity posts."

User reports about the glitch surged early Wednesday morning.
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One Facebook user posted a screenshot of a post along with the question, "Is anyone else's Facebook feed broken right now and only showing a bunch of spam comments posted on Facebook pages?"

"Why are all the posts on my Facebook timeline about celebrity pages? "Hell no, I'm about to delete Facebook," someone else tweeted.

Facebook acknowledged that there were problems with user feeds and started fixing them as soon as the reports came out. In an update later in the morning, the social networking site said that the strange behavior was caused by a change inside the site.

"Earlier today, some people had trouble with their Facebook Feed because of a change in configuration," a spokesperson for Meta said in a statement. "We fixed the problem as soon as we could for everyone who was affected, and we're sorry for any trouble."

It wasn't clear right away what the change was that caused the problem. The Post has reached out to Meta to find out more.

The celebrity spam glitch was the biggest problem with Facebook's main platform since October, when Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger were down for several hours because of a long outage.

At the time, the company said that the outage was caused by a mistake they made while doing routine maintenance.


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