Facebook stalkers embarrassed by glitch which sent automatic friend requests to any profile viewed
Self-confessed Facebook “stalkers” have been left red-faced by a glitch on the social media site which automatically sent a friend request to any profile they viewed.
News of the bug slowly made the rounds on Twitter, TikTok and Reddit late last week, with some people saying they had deactivated their Facebook profiles due to the “spooky” glitch.
“As someone with a severe nosiness problem, this Facebook auto-friend request glitch is very spooky and uncool with me,” one Facebook user wrote on Twitter.
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One user said the glitch was “truly horrific” for Facebook stalkers, while another described it as “probably the worst bug to ever happen in the history of bugs”.
“That friend request glitch is hugely dangerous. Put me in a massively awkward situation,” one person wrote.
A woman with the username @kimmysnail shared her experience with the glitch, confessing on TikTok she had recently gone on “one of the biggest deep dive stalks I’ve been on for ages”.
“Two nights ago, Facebook absolutely slaughtered me for snooping,” she said.
“I added 36 people. I added my ex-boyfriend from 10 years ago, I added his wife. I added my 8th-grade science teacher.
“I added friends of my boyfriend, their girlfriends, who I’ve never met. I’ve never even met his friends ... so to do that is really f****** weird. They’re gonna know that I stalked them.”
While most people were mortified at the prospect of unknowingly sending a friend request to someone they had stalked, others were offended they hadn’t received any requests.
“The funny thing about this whole thing is that I’ve had no friend requests, so, like, I’m not even worthy of being stalked,” one girl said on TikTok.
“The fact that I’m obviously so boring that no one wants to stalk me is truly humbling.”
Facebook did send out a message to some users who had been impacted by the glitch.
“We recently fixed an issue that caused some friend requests to be sent by mistake,” the message read.
“We apologise and have cancelled any requests that were sent because of this error.”
Thankfully, Facebook users can check if the glitch has affected them.
Users should open up Facebook on a desktop, go to “friends” on the left-hand side of the homepage, go to “friend requests” and then click “view sent requests”.
This will show every friend request sent from a user’s account that has not yet been accepted.
The glitch has since been fixed, with Facebook parent company Meta telling The Daily Beast it apologised for any inconvenience.
“We fixed a bug related to a recent app update that caused some Facebook friend requests to be sent mistakenly,” a Meta spokesperson said.
“We’ve stopped this from happening and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
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