Over the last few days, large numbers of posts have been disappearing from the Facebook pages of NLM (new left media) outlets, often within seconds of publishing.
A Facebook spokesperson told the SKWAWKBOX:
Earlier today we fixed an issue affecting our automated systems that caused some posts to be incorrectly marked as spam. We have restored the posts that were affected and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Some posts have reappeared, leaving publishers with the problem of multiple instances of the same post on their pages. However, others published overnight have disappeared, so the problem has not yet been fully resolved.
Over the last couple of years, left publishers have seen various technical changes affect the visibility of their output on the platform and Facebook has announced changes that may affect the propagation of material from all but a handful of major publishers.
Facebook told this blog that the most recent issue was general and has not just affected left-wing pages. However, it’s a timely reminder of the importance of the left developing alternative channels in case of future political attempts to curtail the reach of their information to the public – a scenario that many activists consider inevitable as independent news read via social media platforms continues to reshape the political landscape.
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