Facebook Likes Add Automatically without User Clicks

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Facebook Likes Add Automatically without User Clicks

Facebook ‘likes’ are being added to web pages, irrespective of users clicking on a ‘like’ button, or even visiting the social networking site, the company has acknowledged.

A U.S. security researcher has found that simply sending a web address to a friend using Facebook’s private messaging function adds two likes to the page. Leaving a comment on a story within a Facebook page also adds to the tally, ‘BBC news’ reported.

“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 on solution to fix the issue,” the site said. Facebook explained that the figure represented how many times an item was shared — rather than how often users had clicked ‘like’ on the page.

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