Meta Fails Advertisers with Slow Refunds After Advertising Glitch
Meta’s overspending and high CPAs due to a glitch last month are now resulting in refunds for advertisers. Some refunds started on May 12, though the process has been slow for smaller advertisers, according to Bloomberg. It’s been over a month, and the issue still hasn’t been fully resolved. Advertisers of all sizes need to be compensated fully, and Meta needs to do more to ensure that they are.
The glitch occurred on April 23, when Meta spent advertisers’ daily budgets in just a few hours and caused CPAs to triple. Businesses reported staggering financial losses, such as an ecommerce advertiser with a $13,000 budget completely spent in three hours without any results whatsoever, and another company with posting 85% lower sales than the previous Sunday.
Refunds for ad glitches are typically small, and Meta is no exception. As Bloomberg wrote, the tech giant does not disclose how it calculates payout to affected advertisers. Larger advertisers or those with personal connections fared better with refunds in the past, according to agencies.
Meta issued a statement where it apologized for the inconvenience, saying the glitch was due to a “technical issue in our automated systems” and that it has been fixed. However, given the rate of progress in refunds so far, advertisers must continue to press for full repayment.