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Facebook faces bug in spam filter; blocks posting of COVID-19 news

Author : Saipriya Iyer | Published Date : 2020-03-18 

Facebook Inc. is reportedly facing a potential bug in its spam filter which has resulted in many users being blocked from posting legitimate coronavirus-related articles. The company, which is a provider of social media and a prominent social networking platform, is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

The social media company has recently been blocking users from commenting on or posting articles from several outlets or websites including the Times of Israel, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, and Business Insider. The company is yet to respond to requests for comments regarding this issue.

Sources familiar with the matter have reported that the company’s spam filter has been blocking its users from sharing content related to COVID-19, with an aim to curb misinformation about the outbreak, as the world continues to face long-term turmoil.

Recently, the company has sent many of its content moderators home due to the rising COVID-19 concerns and is reportedly relying on the automated software. Alex Stamos, the former Chief Security Officer at Facebook, has linked the current issue with the shift in the working procedure. Mr. Stamos has apparently stated that the company’s content moderators cannot generally work from home as they must maintain their privacy commitments. He further added that his error could be the result of a ML (Machine Learning) algorithm with less human oversight.

Facebook officials have reportedly denied allegations regarding the bug by following up and stating that the change in content moderator workforces is unrelated to the issue.

As per the statement made by Guy Rosen, Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity, the error is a result of a bug in the anti-spam system and is unrelated to the shift in content moderator workforce. Additionally, the company is currently looking into the matter and trying to fix the situation to bring the posts back as quickly as possible.

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