When you were 14 years old, do you remember all the random celebrity pages you liked on Facebook? You undoubtedly received a reminder if you signed into Facebook on Wednesday afternoon.
Due to a significant bug in Facebook’s algorithm, large celebrity accounts including those of Taylor Swift, Shakira, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, and Eminem have been deluged with random fan messages.
As the site has descended into turmoil, users who have caught on to the crisis have started bombarding celebrity accounts with posts and memes. More shrewd individuals are promoting their companies and Spotify accounts by putting QR codes to their PayPal and Cash App accounts.
A rise in complaints about Facebook began at 3.45 pm on Wednesday, according to user reports collected by the website Downdetector, which keeps track of app and website meltdowns.
Because the bug is impacting some of Facebook’s most popular accounts, its scope is immense. They include Rihanna’s page, which has 101 million fans, Shakira’s page, which has 116 million, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s page, which has 152 million.
current situation on facebook 🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/Sn2dgMfLFt
— Arek (@arekgasiecki) August 24, 2022
Is anyone else’s Facebook broken or have I been hacked. This is my entire feed pic.twitter.com/nQwvtLqRjT
— chris🧣 (@chrismearle) August 24, 2022
Facebook appears to be experiencing the issue on desktop and mobile in several different regions.
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, issued the following statement: “We’re aware that some users are experiencing issues with their Facebook Feed. We apologize for any disruption and are trying to rapidly restore things to normal.
Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp fell out for over six hours worldwide in October 2021.
A maintenance issue that interfered with connectivity across Facebook’s data centers caused the outage. When Facebook’s stock price fell by 5% at the time, Mark Zuckerberg’s personal worth was reduced by $8.4 billion.