Facebook sends automated friend requests

Facebook sends automated friend requests when users access profiles; Meta apologizes for the glitch

Recently, users took to social media to express their displeasure about Facebook sending requests to random users on their behalf. The bug was widely reported on Twitter, with users sharing screenshots and videos of what was happening. It turned out to be a bug on Meta’s part, and the firm took note of it. In a statement, Meta apologized for any trouble caused by the bug and stated that it had been rectified.

A number of Twitter users complained on Friday that Facebook was sending requests to the profiles they had visited. While some users were concerned about their privacy, others made light of the situation. According to reports, users from Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka reported the flaw.

Scammers have frequently used Facebook to target innocent individuals for harmful intentions. A scam in which Facebook pages were used to distribute malware to victims’ PCs was disclosed in March of this year.

CloudSEK discovered that fake ChatGPT pages on Facebook were being used to distribute malware to unsuspecting victims. The scammers took over a Facebook account or page and tried to make it look like an authentic ChatGPT page by changing the username to something like “ChatGPT OpenAI” and setting the ChatGPT logo as the profile picture. They then ran Facebook ads offering links to the supposed ‘latest version of ChatGPT, GPT-V4’.

When the victim downloaded this version by clicking on the link supplied by the fake Facebook account, it actually installed stealer malware on their device, jeopardizing their security. This has emerged as a severe threat to users’ privacy and security, and users should exercise caution when downloading anything from unfamiliar online sites. Furthermore, CloudSEK stated at the time that their analysis uncovered 13 fake Facebook pages/accounts dedicated to malware distribution. These accounts have a total of about 5 lakh followers.

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