Facebook appears to be marking some posts linking to information and articles about the coronavirus and COVID-19 as spam, as observed by one Verge reporter and many users on Twitter on Tuesday evening. It’s unclear what’s causing the issue. Facebook tells The Verge it is looking into the matter.

Here are a few examples:

It’s possible that the company has recently rolled overly aggressive filters coronavirus-related topics to try and fight misinformation. The company announced that it would remove false claims and conspiracy theories about coronavirus in January, and perhaps this aggressive filtering is a result of a tweak to its automated spam-detection systems.

Facebook also joined Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube in publishing a joint statement yesterday committing to fighting coronavirus-related fraud and misinformation.

A new report published by Ranking Digital Rights argued on Tuesday that Facebook’s current approach to moderation may not be able to address the issue of coronavirus-related misinformation on its platform.


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