So the other day I was watching the democratic debates, and nothing noteworthy happened, or so at least I thought. I woke up the following morning to find a weird deleted video only visible to me on Facebook. I clicked the video and it actually played. It was also supposedly taken during the debate, but the problem is, I didn’t have my phone.
To be honest, I set my phone down after watching it and didn’t look at it for a while. Then, I picked it back up and tried to find the video again but I couldn’t. Several hours went by and I was starting to question if I was having a stroke or something because I could have sworn I saw this video that was on my Facebook, but it was gone. I told my wife about it and she thought it was pretty fucking weird herself. I stopped thinking about it and finished my day at work, and when I got home, somehow the video was back. This time I got to sit and watch it in detail, and some of the details didn’t sit right with me.
So, the video is supposed to be live. Facebook doesn’t allow recorded videos to be published as a live stream. That’s weird. Furthermore, it was a video I never took from the perspective of someone holding my phone and using it to record my computer screen. Also weird because I was watching the debates. Then the “live video,” skips. Lastly, the recording is of my server with music over the video. Problem with this is that the server configuration is from months ago and my server has an entirely different folder naming scheme name now and has for months. So somehow this “live,” video was taken months ago, that I never filmed, and was published somehow on Facebook as a live video.
My friend and I were talking tonight and I haven’t thought of it in days, but his phone which doesn’t have service, suddenly went into emergency mode and made an emergency call while he was talking to me, so I explained the situation to him, thinking maybe his situation was related.
This is an actual video of me hitting the play button on it.
And finally, this is what my server actually looked like the night of the debate.
I’m not really sure what to make of it all, because if it was a glitch on facebook’s end, they would have accidentally went live during the debate and heard that going on, or posted an old video I made(not as a live stream).
If it was a hacker, they likely would have hacked my phone but not had access to also change the behavior of facebook.
If it was a Facebook employee, they wouldn’t have been able to create a video randomly on my phone that isn’t even there now. I literally never made that video. Then I don’t think they could alter how facebook works.
So, I’m at a loss as to why or how this has happened.