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This could be why nobody shows up to your barbecue

This could be why nobody shows up to your barbecue
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What are your plans for Memorial Day? If you're like many Americans, you may be planning a barbecue or other activities with friends and family. These days, many events like these are organized through Facebook. If that's the case, choose the words in your Facebook messages carefully. Otherwise, the social network might block your message.

It's true. There are so many folks organizing weekend and Memorial Day plans right now that your message could accidentally trigger Facebook's spam filters and be blocked from reaching your friends. Why would Facebook block your Memorial Day barbecue plans? BuzzFeed reporter Katie Notopoulos recently found out the hard way.

She discovered that Facebook Messenger and the Facebook website was blocking the phrase "What’s everyone doing this weekend?" Apparently it was because so many people were using the phrase at the same time, Facebook's spam police assumed it must have been a quickly spreading spam message.

A Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, “we use a variety of systems to help detect and block spam on our site, and part of that work involves identifying patterns that can be associated with spam. This was a false positive and has already been corrected.”

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