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Facebook Says Content Was Mistakenly Pulled Down Because of a Bug

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Facebook parent company Meta revealed in a quarterly report that its media-matching technology had a bug that was later fixed. Why it matters

The social network said that the bug led to content that didn’t violate its rules mistakenly being pulled down.

Facebook parent company Meta said Tuesday that a bug resulted in content getting mistakenly pulled down in the first three months of this year. The social media giant said it fixed the problem and restored posts that were incorrectly flagged for violating its rules, including against terrorism and organized hate.

Facebook took action against 2.5 million pieces of content that were flagged for organized hate in the first quarter, up from 1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The social network also took action against 16 million pieces of terrorism content in the first quarter, which more than doubled from 7.7 million in the fourth quarter. Meta attributed the spike to a bug in its media-matching technology. A graph in the company’s quarterly standards enforcement report showed that the social network restored more than 400,000 pieces of content mistakenly flagged for terrorism.

Meta’s photo-and-video service Instagram also took action against more terrorism and organized hate content because of […]

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