Facebook ‘Bug’ Marked Genuine Coronavirus News as Spam


Tech giant Facebook recently admitted that it marked posts linking to genuine information and articles about the Wuhan coronavirus as spam, blaming a “bug in an anti-spam system.”

The Verge reported that on Tuesday evening, information began rolling in across social media that Facebook was labeling some posts and articles about the Wuhan coronavirus as spam, even when the articles were genuine and factual. The spam label drastically reduces the engagement on Facebook posts, in many cases making them essentially disappear.

According to Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, the issue was caused by a “bug in an anti-spam system” and Facebook began working to fix the issue on Tuesday. Rosen’s tweet about the issue can be seen below in a reply to former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos – read more

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