Facebook prevents sharing of New York Post Black Lives Matter story

Source: The Hill | April 16, 2021 | Thomas Moore

Facebook is preventing users from sharing a New York Post story about how a co-founder of Black Lives Matter spent millions of dollars to buy several homes.

Attempts to share the story Friday morning produced a Facebook error message reading, “Your content couldn’t be shared, because this link goes against our Community Standards.”

A Facebook spokesperson told The Hill that the Post story “was removed for violating our privacy and personal information policy.”

However, on Thursday night, New York Times media columnist Ben Smith posted a tweet with a further explanation for the ban.

“Facebook on why it blocked a NY Post article. This all applies to lots of articles on news sites,” Smith tweeted.

The explanation included in Smith’s tweet said Facebook did not allow people to post confidential information and that it would remove private information including information on a person’s residence if it could lead to harm.


At that time, Facebook policy communications manager Andy Stone suggested in a tweet that the story contained disinformation.

“While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want [to] be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform,” Stone tweeted.

On Friday, it did not appear that Twitter had placed any restrictions on sharing the more recent New York Post story about Black Lives Matter.

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