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Catholic Facebook Pages Blocked Due to “Spam Detection Tool” – Sites Since Restored

The Catholic News Agency reported yesterday evening that a couple dozen Catholic-themed Facebook pages were blocked by the site (a complete site list is located here).

This morning, The Resurgent checked the list of sites mentioned in the original article and found that they were back online, so we reached out to Facebook for comment.

A Facebook spokesperson sent The Resurgent the following official statement:

“All Pages have now been restored. This incident was triggered accidentally by a spam detection tool. We sincerely apologize for the issue this has caused.” – Facebook spokesperson

The Catholic News Agency (CNA), for their part, has also posted an updated story with a similar Facebook statement.

While the CNA article speculates that this may have been an effort by Facebook to block conservative sites, it is likely that the issue was caused by a malfunction in Facebook’s software, as they state.  Given the large number of followers for these sites and the amount of traffic they are likely generating, it is conceivable that spam software might mistakenly label the sites as spam.  For their part, Facebook has resolved the issue and apologized.  It is unknown how many other sites (i.e. non-Catholic) were affected.

Rev. Francis J. Hoffman of “Father Rocky,” one of the sites affected, posted the following update on his page:

Back by popular demand.

And yes, we’re back on Facebook. A faulty spam detector temporarily took down this page for 36 hours. All is well now. Thanking Facebook for the explanation to ACI Prensa.


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