A number of Facebook users have reported that their posts are mysteriously disappearing from their timelines. News website like Mashable have also been experiencing the same issue. This glitch was was first reported in social network?s developer forums and its team said that currently in the process of identifying and addressing the bug.
Disappearing posts, security warnings
On Thursday, the Daily Mail said that an unknown Facebook bug is blocking millions of news links from being posted on the popular social media site. Users from around the world are reporting that their posts are disappearing and links are being removed for ?violating the security policy.? ?The Verge shared that this glitch initially appeared on Wednesday on the social network’s image-scraping tool which automatically pulls pictures from posted links.
As a result of the bug, those who are attempting to post new links were met with a security warning that reads: “The content you’re trying to share contains a link that our security system detected to be unsafe. Please remove the link to continue.”
Some users who click on existing links faced similar warnings, saying the link has been blocked and indicated that it?s malicious: ?We believe the link you are trying to visit is malicious. For your safety, we have blocked it. If you think this link should not be blocked, please let us know.?
Some users who encountered the bug took to Twitter and said that it is probably an example of Facebook?s selective censorship, particularly given the number of posts involving the recent protests in Baltimore. There?s even a publication that reported it may well be censorship on the social network?s part. However, there’s been no evidence that this issue is anything other than a system-wide technical flaw.
Tech new site The Verge noted that this bug only affected some posts that contains links that redirects users to content outside of Facebook. It appears that the glitch have been partially resolved. In a statement, NY Daily News quoted a Facebook spokesperson saying that, “An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs as malicious or inappropriate. As a result, some existing posts were hidden, while other posts were blocked completely. We?ve resolved the issue and the remaining affected URLs are being unblocked. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused,”