Huge Facebook glitch saw app auto-sending friend requests when you looked on someone's profile
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A huge Facebook glitch saw the app auto-sending friend requests when you looked at someone's profile.
The technical difficulty proved to be a pretty big problem last week for all the Nosy Nancy's out there eager to keep tabs on what their ex is up to, what their co-worker is really like out of the office or how your long-lost best mate from primary school is faring.
Facebook users were getting busted left, right and centre for their profile probing after the glitch exposed any busy-bodying in the most mortifying way.
The glitch in question pretty much broke the internet after an avalanche of social media users reported the bug sent automatic friend requests to any profiles they had viewed leaving them frantically clambering to cancel them as quickly as humanly possible.
People flocked to Twitter to share the news.
One outraged Twitter user posted: "FACEBOOK HAS A GLITCH WHERE EVERY PERSON I STALK AUTOMATICALLY SENDS THEM A FRIEND REQUEST WTF."
Another hero warned unsuspecting users: "THERES A FACEBOOK GLITCH. DON'T FACEBOOK STALK ANYONE IT SENDS THEM A FRIEND REQUEST."
A third asked: "Is anyone else’s Facebook sending automatic friend request when they click on a profile?? It was the wrong night to go through my year book and stalk."
It sure was.
"Welp no more stalking people tonight, leave your ex’s alone!" added another.
A final victim of the technical error penned: "Facebook stalking and somehow a friend request was sent. That's it guys. See you in another life."
Sounds about right.
Facebook has since apologised for the blunder which it reports was triggered by an app update.
"We fixed a bug related to a recent app update that caused some Facebook friend requests to be sent mistakenly. We’ve stopped this from happening and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused," a Meta spokesperson told LADbible.
So facebook now automatically sends friend request when you see someone’s profile…. We did the test with random people and if you check your friend request sent they appear there… #Facebook pic.twitter.com/vN7r8T1uw8— 🃏MONTSE (Taylor’s Version) (@beachybones) May 12, 2023
The tech giant went on to urge users to review pending friend requests in their activity log to ensure no unwanted requests slipped under their radar.
While everyone is glad the ordeal is finally fixed - it's clear we almost neared the end of internet creeping as we knew it for a minute there.
But now Facebook has done its thing and ironed out the kinks, people can rest easy knowing they can go back to their stealthy social media stalking ways undetected once again.
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