Facebook wards off bug that blocked posts using outside links

Facebook was recently plagued by a new bug that flagged posts from outside sources as malicious or inappropriate, causing numerous posts either being flagged or vanishing completely from the social networking site.

Confirming that the bug has been squashed, a Facebook spokesman said, “An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs as malicious or inappropriate. 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.”

The recent bug attack tore into posts uploaded by users with links to their blogs or other website, not sparing even paid posts. Most users faced a common rejection message saying “The content you’re trying to share includes a link that our security systems detected to be unsafe.”

With millions of new posts being added by users every day, Facebook needs to pay constant heed to challenges like security issues, data and user privacy and fighting unending bugs. Even though the latest bug crisis was short-lived, the widespread attention it received highlights how Facebook is increasingly becoming an irreplaceable service for modern users.

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