After the security hole that hit 50 million people on Facebook, the social network has (accidentally) prevented people from sharing articles about this news.
Double shame for Facebook! On Friday, we reported a new vulnerability revealed by the social network that affects nearly 50 million users and has forced 90 million to re-connect as a security measure.
Although the transparency of the social network is commendable against this error, the algorithms have prevented some users from sharing articles that have passed this information.
For example, according to our colleague TechCrunch, Facebook would have prevented users from sharing articles from The Guardian and the Associated Press, which are nonetheless reputable media.
"Our security system has determined that a number of people who do not import the same content has posted the same content, which could mean that it is spam," said a message from a social network when we tried to post the relevant articles.
Of course, many people have complained on Twitter. And the social network has already responded, first by indicating that it looked at the problem and then announcing (on Twitter) that the problem had been resolved.
It is unlikely that blocking some of the articles on Facebook's vulnerability was intentional. However, it emphasizes that despite the efforts of the social network, the algorithms against spam and fake news are far from perfect.
For the time being, we do not know the consequences of the security breach
For the time being, Facebook has only given the number of users affected by this error, as well as the origin. For example, it is unclear whether hackers were able to use it to steal personal information. And the social network does not know the perpetrators of these attacks, nor their location.
Otherwise, according to some media Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook COO, would be one of those involved.