We’ve all been there – one minute you’re looking through a friend’s Facebook photos, and the next thing you know you’re flicking through their cousin’s dog sitter’s holiday snaps from two years ago.
Everyone does it, right?
But Facebook ‘stalking’ just potentially became a lot more embarrassing, following a glitch on the social network.
The bug sent automatic friend requests to any profiles people had viewed, leaving users scrambling to cancel them as quickly as possible.
So how do you see who’s been snooping on your profile? Here’s everything you need to know.
A spokesperson for Meta, the company led by Mark Zuckerberg that runs Facebook, explained the issue to The Daily Beast.
‘We fixed a bug related to a recent app update that caused some Facebook friend requests to be sent mistakenly,’ the spokesperson said.
‘We’ve stopped this from happening and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.’
To see who’s been snooping on your profile page, simply head to facebook.com/friends.
Here you’ll see a list of requests – including those accidentally sent by people snooping on your profile.
But prepare to cringe yourself, as from here, you can also see which profiles you’ve accidentally sent requests to.
Click ‘Friend Requests’ in the left-hand tab followed by ‘View send requests’ to review the pending requests.
Bizarre glitches on social media platforms tend to occur when engineers roll out changes or make tweaks to the user experience.
Another highly humiliating Facebook glitch last year resulted in user feeds being flooded with posts from strangers sharing content on celebrity pages.
For example, memes shared to the official Facebook page of US rapper Eminem started appearing on people’s homepages.
The problem appeared to stem from a technical issue with Facebook’s internal systems determining which posts appear in users’ news feed.
You may be entitled to a piece of a $725 million settlement Meta agreed to pay in a class action lawsuit.
Eligible users are those who had a Facebook account from May 24, 2007 through December 22, 2022 – these individuals must submit a claim here by August 25, 2023.
The lawsuit, in which Meta admitted no wrongdoing, claims the social media platform made user data and data about users’ friends without permission available to third parties.
It stems from the 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, which claimed the company had misused data from tens of millions of Facebook accounts by allowing access to third parties.