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Facebook fixes a ridiculous glitch

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Updated: Facebook has squashed a bug that bizarrely caused people's news feeds to be filled with celebrity spam. 

As suite of people has flagged this strange problem with the likes of DownDetector (opens in new tab), noting the problems started at around 1.30 a.m. ET / 6.30 a.m. BST.  Multiple users complained that their main News Feed was suddenly overrun by posts sent to pages for artists including Eminem, Lady Gaga, Gorillaz, Nirvana, and The Beatles.

Twitter, in particular, received plenty of attention to the hashtags #facebookhacked (opens in new tab) and #facebookdown (opens in new tab), with the latter trending high up in many countries today.

A spokesperson for Meta, Facebook's parent company, told the Metro UK that the problem was down to a "configuration change." The spokesperson added:  "We resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

 While this bug was rather short-lived and not something that any members of Tom’s Guide experienced when we checked our respective Facebook feeds and mobile apps, it’s rather embarrassing for the giant social network. 

Though with things like the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal still holding somewhat of a specter over Facebook and trust in it, this rather ridiculous bug isn’t the worst thing Facebook has fallen foul of in recent years. 

Nor is this a serious issue such as how Facebook Business accounts got hijacked by malware recently. 

Do bear in mind that if you have any worries over Facebook security or bug causing data leaks, then check out our guide on what to do if your Facebook account Is hacked and how to change your Facebook password

Of course, you may indeed be a happy Facebook user. If so, check out our guides on how to make your own Facebook avatar and how to download videos from Facebook to get the most of out the social network. 

Formerly Editor in Chief (U.K.) on Tom’s Guide, Marc oversaw all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage, and was also responsible for the site’s U.K.-focused output. He is now U.K. Editor in Chief on TechRadar. Marc previously edited the tech website Stuff and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and much more. He also spent years on a music magazine, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun, and on a car magazine. An avid photographer, he likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). When he gets time, he also enjoys gaming (console and mobile), cycling and attempting to watch as much sport as any human can. He's also fallen in love with Wordle over the past six months and is the author of our today's Wordle answer column, in which he supplies hints and strategy tips for the mega-popular word game. Given he's completed every single Wordle so far and only lost once, and analyzed every Wordle answer in search of patterns, he's well qualified to help you safeguard your streak.

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