It feels like celebrities are everywhere these days, every aspect of their lives bombarding our screens with scandals, opinions, and seemingly irrelevant minutiae. Well, thanks to a recent Facebook glitch, users suddenly experienced that 1,000 times over.
The Age reports a glitch in Facebook’s coding made any post to large celebrity accounts visible to everyone who had liked the page. This means that if you were one of the 152 million people following Cristiano Ronaldo, the 116 million following Shakira, or the 101 million following Rihanna, your entire Facebook feed was rendered basically unusable.
As more and more users became aware of the glitch, more of them sought to exploit it. While some delighted in posting simple yet inane messages, knowing that it would add to the clutter, others plugged their crowd-funds, small business, or Paypal accounts. The glitch appeared to affect Facebook in multiple countries, on both desktop and mobile.
“We’re aware that some people are having trouble with their Facebook Feed,” A spokesperson from Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.”
In the meantime, it looks like it might be a good idea to cull some of your Facebook likes after all.