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The truth about those blocked posts on Facebook

The truth about those blocked posts on Facebook
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Yesterday in my Facebook feed, I saw a few of my Friends saying that their Facebook posts had been blocked. One of them had been trying to share an article about the events happening in Baltimore this week. My Friend wondered whether or not Facebook could be censoring posts about the situation.

The thing is, I had seen many, many posts that same day about Baltimore and many other news articles and blog posts on the subject from other Friends I have on Facebook. Facebook's Community Standards are pretty clear when it comes to what it might block. Threats, hate speech, nudity, graphic images and videos, criminal activity and other things like that are typically moderated and removed. That's all in Facebook's terms of service that you agree to when you create an account.

Facebook doesn't, however, censor political speech unless it violates the stated Community Standards. I've seen some pretty controversial and even offensive opinions on Facebook that are 100% in compliance with the Community Standards.

It turns out that others were getting warnings that their links were blocked because the links supposedly included malicious content like viruses and other harmful code. On top of that, this bug was blocking some people from posting ANY link, not just Baltimore-related ones. That didn't sound like censorship to me. That sounded like a bug.

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