Apparently, the social media leviathan Facebook, who also owns Instagram, is experiencing what experts are calling an “unexpected and severe algorithm glitch.” Back on March 13th, 2019 the tech giant experienced a nearly complete outage of their social media network including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Now, only 2 weeks later, they are battling a more peculiar problem that has their predominantly non-gun friendly staff concerned: a pronounced rise in rankings for firearms-related posts.
For the past 12+ hours, both Facebook and Instagram have seen a dramatic spike in the ranking of firearms-related images, videos, and posts by its users. News feeds across the board are not only ranking those types of posts and activities at the top of users feeds, but Facebook Ads is suggestively advertising firearms across all networks. Whether people have previously exhibited an interest through their search history or not, they are being inundated with firearm content.
Thousands of users have already expressed their feelings for the surge of firearm content and have lodged their complaints on both the Facebook and Instagram platforms. Most of the copy and paste responses that people have been receiving back from the social media giant over the algorithm glitch read like this:
We’re aware of an issue impacting people’s content on Facebook and Instagram right now. We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
The phrasing of their response to people’s complaints is telling; Facebook and Instagram have no love lost for firearms content. What they call frustrating some might describe as fabulous. When Facebook says they ‘are hard at work to resolve the matter as soon as possible’ I would suggest that they take your time, but that is just me.
So while much of Instagram’s staff today may be thinking the world is falling apart over an algorithm glitch that bestows their news feeds with more scary and evil firearms (our words, not theirs), freedom lovers worldwide can sit back, smile, and enjoy the stream of “gun porn” funneling through social media. Surely the likes of John Moses Browning and many more gods from our firearms’ past are smiling down on us today. Hopefully, the issue gets sorted out quickly.
So what do you guys think of all of the “chaos” that is going down today on social media? Do you believe this is really just an algorithm glitch? Or do you think one rogue firearm-loving Facebook employee re-wrote the system? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.