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Facebook Ramps Up Coronavirus Censorship: Blocking Posts About COVID-19

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Facebook has ramped up its censorship campaign, even against mainstream media’s “verified sources” by blocking articles about the coronavirus.  Multiple people have experienced the same thing, and this censorship comes the day after Facebook, along with Google, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Reddit issued a joint statement on combatting misinformation on their platforms.

We all know “combating misinformation” is simply code words for censorship and a desire to push the official narrative. But Facebook has been blocking articles from sites such as Medium, Buzzfeed, and USA Today. That’s one of the problems with censorship.  Once it starts, no one is safe from seeing their free speech destroyed and the freedom of the press decimated.

“It’s not just news articles,” according to one response to a tweet. “A community flier asking for emergency donations of food to the needy in our community was blocked. A friend in Canada had posts from Royal Canadian Mounted Police blocked. It’s very widespread.”

“Facebook is going hard on information control, I guess Facebook wants us all to be misinformed and die,” one person opined, according to a report by Forbes. The reality, according to a Facebook executive posting on Twitter, is that there was a bug in a system designed to stop spam.

Spam or not, Facebook has been known to push the government’s official narrative and censor at their commands.

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Facebook says they have “fixed” the bug that censored posts yesterday.

However, people are still experiencing posts being deleted and removed by the social media giant.

Censorship is a slippery slope.  Once it starts, it’s almost impossible to reign in. This has been going on for quite some time too, as social media companies and the mainstream media remove posts they don’t like regardless of facts.

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Facebook: ‘Bug’ caused legitimate COVID-19 posts to be marked as spam

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.

What are the details?

The Washington Post reported that on Tuesday evening, “Facebook marked legitimate posts and articles as spam, including news stories about the coronavirus, prompting a flurry of complaints from confused users.”

BuzzFeed News cited several examples of frustrated users reporting that reputable posts from outlets such as Politico and the Sydney Morning Herald were being flagged by Facebook as violating the platform’s Community Standards.

The outlet noted that during the afternoon, the company’s former security chief, Alex Stamos, speculated on Twitter that the mistakenly-flagged posts were a result of an “anti-spam rule” that was “going haywire,” after the company’s content moderators were sent to work from home over social distancing measures implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Facebook’s vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, responded that it had nothing to do with content moderators, but confirmed that the firm was dealing with a “bug in an anti-spam system.”

Rosen later tweeted, “We’ve restored all the posts that were incorrectly removed, which included posts on all topics – not just 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.”