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Facebook Marks Articles About Data Breach As “Spam” on Facebook

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After a Friday data breach that resulted in 50 million compromised accounts, a Silicon Valley tech giant marked articles reporting on the breach as “spam” on its own platform.

“Facebook has blocked users from posting articles from the Guardian the AP about the social media platform’s latest user data breach, marking them as ‘spam.’ The company later reversed decision, which it called an ‘error,’” according to Breitbart. 

Shaun Hair, executive editor of the Western Journal, first noticed the Facebook scam, and reported it on his Twitter account:

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“Watch tell me the Guardian article link that busts them on a privacy breach is spam,” he said with an accompanying video.

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When Breitbart recreated the scenario by trying to post the same article, they received the same error message as Hair.

“Our security systems have detected that a lot of people are posting the same content, which could mean that it’s spam. Please try a different post,” the error message said.

A Twitter user name Manuel Ramos received a similar message when trying to post an article about the data breach written by AP.

“just tried to post the version of the story on my wall and blocked it,” he said, attaching a photo of the error message.

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Facebook brushed off the incident as an innocent mistake in a statement:

“Our automated systems incorrectly marked two news articles – one from The Guardian and another from the AP – as spam. We fixed the issue as soon as we were made aware of it, and people should be able to share both articles. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

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Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?

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Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.

The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”

In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.

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CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.

The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.

Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.

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