A Sendible representative says they have spoken with facebook over the phone and that Facebook admitted there was an issue, but that they were unable to reproduce it on their end. "They've agreed to patch the issue by the end of the day. In the meantime we've agreed to remove the feature on Sendible that allows fans of Facebook pages to automate posts"
Several the Facebook Pages including those of some large brands, were sending a link to all of their followers that read "Change Your Facebook Background Here!" - The link was to "tinyurl.com/facetheme321" which directed to a form hosted at popular email marketing services provider, AWeber which could not load at the time, possibly due to capacity issues.
An earlier report from TechCrunch reported that Sendible, a tool used by many companies to manage social media initiatives, including facebook fan pages, may have been hacked. This apparently isn't the case and representatives from Sendible claim their platform has NOT been hacked.
We contacted Sendible for comment and they offered the following information on the incident:
Sendible also posted an update on Twitter saying, "This appears to be a bug in Facebook's API as the posts should have been displayed as the user profile and not the page owner."
At this point it's unclear whether the issue is with Sendible or Facebook's API. Sendible says it's not them. We're waiting to hear back from Facebook.
Facebook has responded but with little information other than saying they are in touch with Sendible and would let us know when they have more information to share. Facebook also said they began removing the posts immediately after discovering them and shortly after they were made.