Automated Facebook “Community Standards” decisions are getting ridiculous.

Ash Nallawalla

18 March 2020

SEO

I shared an article from the Sydney Morning Herald that I saw on Facebook, with my comment ” Interesting analysis of the UK approach” – that is all I said. I think there were some interactions on that post. Today I received a notification (screenshots follow). I had no option to discuss it, debate it, which is no big deal, as it wasn’t a notable comment or article from some dodgy source.

If anyone from Fairfax is reading this – The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, etc, your content has been deemed to be “Spam”. If you are from their digital agency and manage their social media amplification, take note and bring it up when Facebook’s account manager takes you out for a coffee.

Facebook is a free service, since we are the product that is sold to advertisers. So no real recourse for ordinary users and, going by many other reports about their Community Standards enforcement, I don’t think anyone there wastes any time thinking about it. Enjoy the images below.

“Coronavirus” seems to be the magic word

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From my Notifications
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The end.

Added:

I received many more “spam” Community Standards notifications. Most were about shared articles on Coronavirus. Although my comments are not questionable, I suspect that this is all to do with Facebook forcing large Pages to pay for exposure and not rely on readers sharing their content for free. My friends mentioned that Medium.com content is also being taken down as spam.

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One more.
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Two more were shared articles about Virgin Australia’s decision to suspend flights.

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I had edited my comment, so it triggered two spam notifications.

It’s getting worse

This time, I did not share any link. All I wrote is this: “Death total to date is five.”

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Here I shared a Facebook post by The Age, not an external link.

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It’s apparently a bug!

The Verge has reported that Facebook says it’s a bug and is working on reversing such posts.

Ash Nallawalla

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