Facebook users were unable to join discussions or view comments on popular pages yesterday, sending confusion to some consumers who thought they were censored.
Facebook’s parent company Meta told Meczyki.Net that the glitch was caused by a technical issue that temporarily hid comments on Page posts from verified accounts. Facebook said it has since resolved the error, although some users said they were still experiencing the issue.
In Kenya, users could not see comments on page posts from major media houses and blogs or engage in discussions, leading many affected media houses to be accused of censoring political discussions – this was followed by national elections in August. It happened hours after the first presidential debate. , Feedback from some users shows that it is difficult to measure the severity of such blockages, but such incidents can have unintended consequences.
“Yesterday, a technical issue caused some people trouble viewing comments on verified Facebook pages. We resolved this issue as quickly as possible for everyone affected, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused,” a Meta spokesperson told Meczyki.Net.
Such glitches are far from over since it gained popularity on Facebook. The worst hit occurred in October last year, when a bug bugged the site for more than six hours, affecting its users’ ability to communicate and do business.
Facebook, used by around 2.8 billion people in the world, is regarded as a news source for most of its users, with a study showing that nearly a third of Americans regularly get their news from Facebook.
While the popularity of Facebook is said to be declining around the world, its use is increasing in emerging markets such as Africa. about social networks 242 million active users In Africa, where it has a penetration rate of 86%.