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Facebook fixes bug that blocked coronavirus news coverage, restores posts

Earlier, Facebook users complained that links to news stories about school closings and other information related to the coronavirus outbreak were blocked by the company's automated system

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Facebook fixes bug that blocked coronavirus news coverage, restores posts

said a bug in its anti-spam system temporarily blocked the publication of links to stories about the Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of integrity, said on Twitter Tuesday that the company was working on a fix for the problem.

Users complained that links to stories about school closings and other information related to the virus outbreak were blocked by the company's automated system.

Later on Tuesday, Rosen tweeted that had restored all the incorrectly deleted posts, which also covered topics beyond the

Rosen said the problems were unrelated to any changes in Facebook's content-moderator workforce. The company reportedly sent its human moderators home this week because of the outbreak.

A representative for did not immediately respond to questions on the status of Facebook's content moderators, many of whom do not work directly for the company and are not always able to work from home.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 18 2020. 13:20 IST
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