Has Facebook been hacked? Is there a news feed glitch today - what to do if my account is having spam issues
Thousands of users have reported issues with their news feed as random messages to celebrity pages clog up home page
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If you’ve tried to check out your Facebook news feed this morning, chances are you’ve noticed your homepage looking a little different than usual.
This is everything you need to know.
What’s happening on Facebook?
It appears that, for many, the news feed on Facebook’s home page has glitched, resulting in users’ Facebook feeds being taken over by random accounts posting messages to celebrity pages.
At around 6:40am this morning, reports of issues on Facebook began to spike on Down Detector, with over 80% of reported problems relating to users’ news feed.
One person tweeted: “Is anyone else seeing every single post to random celebrities on Facebook right now?? #Facebook #FB”
Another user asked: “What is going on with Facebook? I don’t want to see random peoples comments on pages I’ve liked. Make it stop [mind blown emoji]”
Another wrote: “Hey @Facebook, please sort out your news feed. As much as I love consuming content, I don’t want to be reading every single post someone writes on Kevin Hart’s page [laughing emoji]”
“Is anyone else’s Facebook news feed acting weird? I’m trying to scroll through my news feed, and all I’m seeing are people posting to pages of people I’m following like Neymar Jr, Eminem, etc. instead of my friends’ stuff,” tweeted another.
Has my account been hacked?
While many users are, understandably, asking whether their accounts have been hacked, there is no evidence to suggest that that is the case.
Due to the fact that the issue is affecting a large number of users all around the world, it’s more likely that the Facebook algorithm has been hit with a bug or glitch.
If you’re concerned about your account, there are a few steps you can take to keep your account safe.
For starters, you can change your password - you can do this by going into your settings and then clicking “password and security”.
From there you should see an option to change your password. You’ll need to enter your current password and then re-type whatever you want your new password to be. Once you’re good to go, just click on “save changes” to save your new password.
If you’ve forgotten your password then don’t panic, you can always reset it. If you’re logged in, follow the same steps to change your password but select the “forgotten password?” option, and follow the instructions.
You’ll need access to the email associated with your Facebook account in order to reset it.
To make your account extra secure, you can also set up two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication works by having you enter your password and then enter a special login code/confirm your login attempt each time you want to log into your account.
To turn on two-factor authentication, go to your security and login settings and then click the edit button on the “use two-factor authentication” option. From there, just follow the instructions to set it up.
Has Facebook said anything?
Facebook has confirmed it is working to fix an issue with its main feed.
A spokesperson for parent company Meta said: “We’re aware that some people are having trouble with their Facebook feed. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.”