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Coronavrus: Facebook deletes legitimate posts about the disease by mistake | Social networks

Facebook admitted last Tuesday (17) that it erased several publications about the coronavirus by mistake. An error in the network's automatic rating system classified posts that shared information from legitimate sources, including press vehicles, as spam. Originally, the mechanism should only serve as a brake on the spread of false news about the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the company, the deleted posts have already been restored.

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Users in the USA complained on Twitter that posts containing links to recognized sites like BuzzFeed and USA Today were being suspended, followed by a notification with the message This publication violates our Community Standards on spam. O dnetc had access to a post with a BBC link about the coronavirus that was marked as spam on Tuesday (17), but already appears again in the feed.

Legitimate posts were mistakenly marked as spam by Facebook Photo: Paulo Alves / dnetcLegitimate posts were mistakenly marked as spam by Facebook Photo: Paulo Alves / dnetc

Legitimate posts were mistakenly marked as spam by Facebook Photo: Paulo Alves / dnetc

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After a shower of complaints on Twitter, Facebook's security chief, Guy Rosen, used his personal microblog account to explain the bug and ensure that the removed posts had already been put back on the air.

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We restore all posts that have been removed incorrectly, including posts on all subjects, not just those related to COVID-19. This was a problem with an automated system that removes links to abusive sites, but incorrectly removed many other posts, explained the executive.

Users affected by the bug need not do anything. If any post was deleted incorrectly due to the problem with Facebook's antispam tool, it should appear again automatically. Therefore, the notification advising about the removal of the content should be ignored.

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