Facebook deleting your links

1 May 2015

Bitterwallet - Facebook Another day, another balls-up by Facebook. This time, a bug has deleted posts by millions of users.

Basically, statuses that had links in them, were rejected by the social network. It also looks like it has retrospectively deleted updates that had already been posted. If you tried to post something to your wall with a link to something in it, you were shown a message saying that Facebook "believe the link you are trying to visit is malicious".

This 'bug' only affected posts which had links to content outside of Facebook. At the time of writing, it looks like this has been partially resolved.

"An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs as malicious or inappropriate," said a Facebook spokesperson. "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."

So what's the problem? It seems that Facebook's tool which automatically scrapes pictures from links that are posted, so you see a preview of the link with an image, is the thing causing the kerfuffle.

This is a pretty big problem for Zuckerberg though, as publishers will have lost a fair amount of traffic with Facebook, which means they'll be looking at how much ad-money to throw at them. And while Facebook has historically had very few technical difficulties, the past couple of years have been a bit of a mess.

In January, it went down completely, while in April, the site was unavailable to some Android. Maybe if Facebook stop tinkering with absolutely everything all the time, and just let it be for a while...

TOPICS:   Social Media

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