‘It was a mistake’: Facebook lifts ban on Zero Hedge, says it ‘accidentally’ labeled content as spam
After backlash online, Facebook said it accidentally labeled stories by popular anti-establishment blog Zero Hedge as spam. Its readers had complained that they began experiencing problems while sharing the blog’s content.
“This was a mistake with our automation to detect spam and we worked to fix it yesterday,” Facebook’s spokesperson was quoted by Breitbart as saying.
The incident added fuel to longstanding allegations that Mark Zuckerberg’s company harbors a bias against conservative and anti-establishment voices. Many commenters online remained skeptical as to whether Facebook’s actions against Zero Hedge were an honest mistake.
Funny how the "technical errors" never happen to a liberal.— What's A Defense (@RebsFinsUp) 13 марта 2019 г.
Funny how it’s only the right that is affected by “technical errors” and other various “mistakes”.— Dave Graham 🇺🇸 (@DaveGraham25) 13 марта 2019 г.
Diamond and Silk? MistakeConservatives being targeted? MistakeHow many mistakes have they made?Sounds like a good story but crickets from MSM— Steven Boone (@StevenBoone2007) 13 марта 2019 г.
Zero Hedge confirmed on Wednesday that the bewildering ban was “reversed” and things went back to normal. The blog’s authors noted that they don’t know which stories Facebook branded as “spammy,” as the social network still hasn’t contacted them.
According to the publication, its readers first noticed the problem over the weekend. Many complained that Facebook was blocking their attempts to share stories published by Zero Hedge. Some posted screenshots, showing that the company deemed the stories to be in violation of its community standards, while others reported that Facebook had flagged Zero Hedge content as “abusive.”Also on rt.com Violation of what? Users puzzled by Facebook’s ban on sharing Zero Hedge links
The situation sparked accusations of censorship and drew criticism of Facebook, with public figures like former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and US President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr speaking in defense of Zero Hedge.
The censorship continues. How does @zerohedge’s content not “meet community standards?” FB doesn’t agree with them and they hit the platform’s obvious flaws at times. That’s it and it’s disgusting!Facebook Bans Zero Hedge | Zero Hedge https://t.co/n6YsFhvFI5— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) 12 марта 2019 г.
Launched in 2009, Zero Hedge is a popular anonymous anti-establishment blog, whose authors publish stories under the pen name Tyler Durden – a reference to an anarchist-minded character from the novel ‘Fight Club’ by Chuck Palahniuk. Among other things, the blog is critical of large American corporations, including Facebook.
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