It’s fair to assume that with Facebook’s near-constant breaches of security and privacy, any sort of “funny business” occurring on your account is the work of hackers.
That’s what 69-year-old Linda Meems figured when she logged into the admin page for her hometown’s social media group, Spotted Turburty, only to discover that dozens of her posts had been deleted.
Linda quickly Facebook messaged group founder Chris Ward to explain she couldn’t have possibly deleted the posts, as she’d been in the bath. Worried she’d become the victim of Facebook hackers, Linda changed her account password and reported fraudulent activity to Facebook.
That’s when she heard a “weird” noise coming from underneath her three-year-old dalmation-lab mix, Bo. Turns out Bo had been sitting on her phone and had deleted all the messages on the Facebook page with his bum.
The grandmother promised to keep her phone as far away from Bo as possible from here on out. “I felt sick when I realized what had happened,” said Linda, reports MetroUK.
“I then had to phone Chris feeling very embarrassed and frustrated but thankfully she only laughed – most of the [group’s] members have had a good laugh too.”
“When I originally logged into the Spotted Tutbury group I realised the cover photo had changed and there was more than 100 items that ‘Linda Meems’ had deleted.”
“I remember thinking “I haven’t, I’ve not been online” and in a panic I contacted Chris. She said ‘I bet you’ve been hacked you need to get in touch with Facebook.'”
“I remember wondering where my phone was and then all of a sudden hearing a really weird noise. I realized it was under one very big black dog and I fished it out and never thought any more about it. But later I thought “oh dear the dog’s been on my phone.'”
“When I realized Bo was the culprit, I said ‘what have you done?'” Linda recalled, adding that Bo simply gave her “the puppy eyes as he knew he’d done something he shouldn’t have, but didn’t know what it was.” Here are those puppy eyes in action:
Chris, the admin of the Facebook page, added: “We all panicked because we didn’t know what was happening. Linda messaged me to say there was something weird going on with the page. I logged on and saw it repeatedly said ‘Linda Meems has deleted this post.’ I put a message on the group straightaway to say we had a gremlin and in the meantime we logged the issue with Facebook.”
“I can laugh about it now – you couldn’t make it up could you?” asked Chris. “The guilty party’s new name is hacker dog.”
Linda, for her part, has vowed to never leave her phone near Bo again. “In future I’ll leave my phone somewhere Bo can’t plant his bum on it,” she said.