Workaround: Facebook Share Button Broken

Updated on May 20, 2016
Whoops! Facebook is glitching again.
Whoops! Facebook is glitching again. | Source

If you've recently been unable to share interesting posts either with your friends or to your business page, you're not alone.

Over the past several days, many users have experienced issues with the Facebook share button when attempting to share images or status updates from their news feeds.

At this time there is no word from Facebook on how soon this issue will be resolved, but there are a few work arounds you can use in the meantime.

The Problem

Currently, when attempting to use the Share button on any page status, many users are finding that a white box will appear with a loading icon, but then will disappear, without giving them the options that usually appear for sharing.

The problem is intermittent; some posts can still be shared but a certain number appear to be glitched.

Fixes that appear NOT to work for most users:

  • Deleting cookies.
  • Using a different browser.

An example of the glitched loading screen when attempting to share. This loading screen disappears shortly after being displayed.
An example of the glitched loading screen when attempting to share. This loading screen disappears shortly after being displayed. | Source

Possible Solutions

Until Facebook releases a fix for this bug, you'll need to use other methods to share Facebook posts. Some of the ways that work for some users include:

  • Sharing the post from a smart phone instead of a computer.
  • Sharing the post from Social Media Management apps such as Buffer.
  • Going directly to the permalink (reachable by clicking on the time of the post) and sharing from there.
  • Sharing directly from the news feed.

Alternatively, you can save the image or status to your own computer and then upload it, along with a polite H/T (hat tip) tag to the original sharer. However keep in mind that in some cases, this may violate copyright or upset the original sharer, especially if it was something they created or wrote themselves.

Hang tight, Facebook will be working again before you know it.
Hang tight, Facebook will be working again before you know it. | Source

When will the share issue be fixed?

Facebook says:

When things don't work on Facebook we want to fix them right away. As people send us reports about broken features, we review them and sometimes reach out for more info to help us resolve the problem. Facebook Help

The best way to help get this problem resolved as soon as possible, is to lodge a report with Facebook using the instructions on this page. The more reports that Facebook receives, the faster the issue will reviewed and fixed.




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        Dallas Wilkinson 2 years ago

        I haven't experienced this problem recently. But a while back it was persistent. I noticed the problem seemed to go away after a PC Matic virus scan. Don't know if it's cause and effect, but I haven't had the problem in a while.

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