Facebook is experiencing a bug — but it’s not quite the privacy breech that’s been previously reported by multiple news sources. Here’s what’s going on.
The social network has been scanning private messages for links to third-party websites that use Facebook’s “Like” button, a social plug-in that lets users interact with a brand’s products, news articles and other types of content on webpages (without directly visiting the Facebook Page for that brand). When a user clicks the “Like” button, the number of “Likes,” displayed at the right of the button, increases by one. But Likes also increase when a Facebook user sends another user a message containing a URL to a page featuring the “Like” button; this should only up the “Like” count by one, but it’s actually inflating the count by two.
“We did recently find a bug with our social plug-ins where at times the count for the Share or Like goes up by two, and we are working to solve the issue now,” a Facebook rep said in an email to The Huffington Post. “To be clear, this only affects social plug-ins off of Facebook and is not related to Facebook Page likes. This bug does not impact the user experience with messages or what appears on their timelines.”
The rep also said that users’ private information has not been exposed.