Facebook algorithm goes wild, bombards users with celebrity posts and crypto scams


A Facebook bug on Wednesday morning filled user feeds with endless messages from celebrity accounts about crypto scams and PayPal requests, leading many to mock Mark Zuckerberg and the Masters of the Universe with messages idiots that the platform happily broadcast far and wide.

The Verge reports that Facebook users encountered an extremely bizarre bug on Wednesday that saw their News Feeds filled with endless posts from celebrity accounts. Users’ news feeds have been inundated with minor messages sent to artist pages such as Lady Gaga, Nirvana and the Beatles. The issue appeared to be resolved after three hours of an unusable News Feed.

Facebook (now known as Meta) spokesperson Alexandru Voica took to Twitter to explain that the bug was the result of a “configuration change” and has since been resolved.

Users quickly realized they could take advantage of the bug and send memes to celebrities which would then be widely shared on the platform. The Verge reports that an image that went viral was of a turkey sandwich with the caption: “If you see this share it on another celebrity’s Facebook page, make the turkey sandwich move.”

Because of the bug, anyone who followed the account of the celebrity the photo was sent to saw it in their News Feed.

Others posted PayPal donation links and announcements for cryptocurrency projects. Users took to Twitter to report the issue, with some posting videos to their celebrity-filled News Feeds.

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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering free speech and online censorship issues. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan




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