Update (August 24, 3:40 PM IST): Facebook has responded to the issue and here is what the Comms person tweeted. “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.”
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Facebook has been taken over by bots. In surprising and shocking news this noon, many Celebrity pages and many regular pages are posting random posts and memes across Facebook. Going by the initial look of these posts, it looks like Fb has been taken over by multiple bots and these bots are posting random posts and memes on all pages. The newsfeed has been broken for many users, if not all users across the globe.
Once you open Facebook, all you can see now are some random posts and memes on all the pages you follow and have liked. As you can see from the images below, we have spotted pages like Robert Downey Jr., Ajay Devgan, Ryan Reynolds, Coldplay, and more pages that have been attacked by bots and you can see the posts they have posted below.
It looks like apart from bots, some regular Facebook users are taking advantage of this and posting content from celebrities’ pages.
Bots Spamming Celebrity Facebook Pages
As mentioned earlier, Robert Downey Jr., Ajay Devgan, Ryan Reynolds, Coldplay, Arijit Singh, MS Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, and more pages have been attacked by bots. And, some of these bots have also posted inappropriate posts on some of these aforementioned pages.
Some of these bots are also pushing images and videos from what looks like personal accounts, but as of now, we are not able to verify if these accounts are real humans or bots. The whole timeline is broken and Facebook should be able to fix this in the next few hours.
Twitter Has Field Day on the Facebook Bot Revolution
The news is already out on Twitter and people have already started sharing memes, random posts and stuff on Twitter. Some users on Twitter are saying FB has been hacked or taken over by bot 一 but, nothing is confirmed as of now.
What is happening with Facebook? 🥴 pic.twitter.com/wQ3sgfnUQL
— 𝐃𝐲𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰𝐬 (@DylanMatthews91) August 24, 2022
— Mohammad Waleed (@iamwal33d) August 24, 2022
— P1 JANO (@jan_mager) August 24, 2022
— Vintage Matthew (@MatthewVintage) August 24, 2022
Me: *scrolling down *
— jArex (@jarekzg01) August 24, 2022
— Ellen Sherman (@ellens1990) August 24, 2022
— SwaggyBrutality™ (@ubarkov) August 24, 2022
Facebook is yet to address the issue as of writing this post and we will keep updating with the latest info as we get to know more details on the same.
This is a developing story and we will update it regularly.