Facebook bug wrongly deleted authentic coronavirus news

  • Facebook bug wrongly deleted authentic coronavirus news

Facebook bug wrongly deleted authentic coronavirus news

Facebook says as "bug" in its systems caused several legitimate posts including COVID-19 news articles to be mistakenly marked as spam, after several users complained that they had been erroneously censored for sharing useful information on the platform.

YouTube and Twitter have also said their users may experience problems with moderation because of a reduction in the number of humans available to check content.

Guy Rosen, Vice President, Product Management at Facebook replied: "We're on this - this is a bug in an anti-spam system, unrelated to any changes in our content moderator workforce". "We're in the process of fixing and bringing all these posts back".

"I$3 can confirm at this point that we're looking into the matter, can't confirm what might be happening just yet", the spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Facebook users shared screenshots with Reuters of notifications they had received saying articles from prominent news organizations including Axios and The Atlantic had violated the company's community guidelines.

The issue seems to occur with posts that have too many external links, according to USA Today.

"That said, there may be some limitations to this approach and we may see some longer response times and make more mistakes as a result", the post said. "We have these standards to prevent things like false advertising, fraud and security breaches".

Aside from the bonus to its employees, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said the company will spend an additional $100 million to support small businesses across 30 countries who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

Facebook has grown into a fundamental communications utility, holding special importance during the COVID-19 crisis. That means it's more critical than ever that Facebook keep information flowing properly.