Facebook Flags New York Post Article About Trump Voters As ‘Spam’

Peter Hasson | Reporter

Facebook appears to have flagged a New York Post article about supporters of President Donald Trump as “spam.”

Post columnist Salena Zito published an article Wednesday evening explaining why Trump supporters are unlikely to care about the criminal convictions of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

Facebook removed Zito’s post after she shared it on the website, she said Thursday.

“I’ve received nine separate messages from readers telling me the same thing has happened to them,” Zito noted on Twitter.

Facebook restored Zito’s Facebook post shortly after The Daily Caller News Foundation contacted a company spokeswoman, who promptly responded to say that Facebook would look into the matter.

A Facebook spokeswoman issued a vague statement attributing the incorrect mark to an unspecified “error.”

“An error affected our automated systems today, which meant that some posts were incorrectly marked as spam. We’ve identified the issue and worked to fix it. We apologize to everyone who’s been affected,” the spokeswoman said.

Some of Zito’s readers reported receiving messages from the social media company claiming the article looks “like spam and doesn’t follow our Community Standards.” (RELATED: Facebook Plans To ‘Dial Up’ Suppression Of Certain News Outlets)

Zito shared the example below with TheDCNF:

This isn’t the first time that Facebook has inaccurately flagged right-of-center articles as “spam.”

Readers of The Daily Caller in April were blocked from sharing a story on the lost-and-found text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Facebook blamed its “spam” algorithm for the suppression, which it said was in error.

This article has been updated to include comment from Facebook

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