A bug in Facebook’s anti-spam system temporarily put a lid on millions of legal posts
In the previous month, Facebook banned ads for protective face masks in an effort to prevent price gouging during the outbreak. Facebook has also been sharing contagion prevention tips atop Instagram’s home screen, sending misinformation to fact-checkers for review, and providing data to researchers.
Recently Facebook has introduced an Anti-spam policy and is working on it. Facebook anti-spam policy- We work hard to limit the spread of commercial spam to prevent false advertising, fraud and security breaches, all of which detract from people’s ability to share and connect. We do not allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information to collect likes, followers or shares.
However, Facebook’s anti-spam system has deleted multiple legal posts from accounts of people around the world.
This anti-spam filter sends a notification saying “Your post goes against our Community Standards so only you can see it”
After Opening up the notification it says”About your post- No one else can see your post”
In a tweet, Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity at Facebook, said, “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. More soon.”
He followed that up about an hour and a half later with a tweet: “We’ve restored all the posts that were incorrectly removed, which included posts on all topics — not just those related to COVID-19. This was an issue with an automated system that removes links to abusive websites, but incorrectly removed a lot of other posts too.”