Fri. May 27th, 2022

Despite default apologies because they “got it wrong”, social media giant Facebook (Meta) continued to bar netizens from posting and sharing select stories from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) website for alleged violations against “community standards”.

(rappler.com)

Near midnight Saturday, Facebook started flagging multiple posts and removed some previously shared contents of both state-run PNA and Radyo Pilipinas.

On Sunday afternoon, individual account-sharers of PNA articles, including PNA reporters and editors, were notified that their flagged posts have been restored while links from the website were allowed for sharing anew.

However, the same issues recurred on Monday and until posting time, have not been solved.

Facebook told the PNA that it is a technical issue.

One particular post that Facebook flagged was the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) reaction on the issue.

On April 24, 2022, at 9:32 p.m., PNA’s original post of the story titled “Abusive fact-checkers behind flagged Facebook posts: NTF-ELCAC,” which garnered over 3,500 “likes” and thousands of shares and comments that mostly condemned Facebook was removed for “purportedly violating its community standards on cybersecurity”.

The story of the NTF-ELAC reaction (https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1172815) on the website was not available for sharing on Facebook because it was tagged as “spam” based on community guidelines.

According to its policy on spam, Facebook “does not allow content that is designed to deceive, or that attempts to mislead users, to increase viewership”.

“This content creates a negative user experience, detracts from people’s ability to engage authentically in online communities, and can threaten the security, stability, and usability of our services. We also aim to prevent people from abusing our platform, products, or features to artificially increase viewership or distribute content en masse for commercial gain,” it stated.

Meanwhile, Facebook’s Policy Rationale on Cybersecurity said the attempts to gather or access “sensitive and unauthorized” information will count as violations.

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