Facebook glitch sees old posts and photos appearing on users’ profiles, while the platform fights against terrorist content

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Facebook glitch sees old posts and photos appearing on users’ profiles

If you’re a long-term Facebook user (like most of us are), we’re betting there’s plenty of old posts and photos buried on your profile that you’d rather just forget about.

So, unless you are a fan of the occasional #throwbackthursday post, we have some bad news for you; according to many Facebook users, outdated posts and photos began to make a sudden reappearance on their profiles last week.

As Mashable and PCMag have reported, posts that are days, months and even years old have been re-shared on users’ timelines without their permission, leading to hacking fears.

However, a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable that they are aware of the issue and it is currently being investigated.

Despite the cause of the glitch still being unknown at this point, the timing has led to suggestions that it could be due to the latest update of the iOS version of the Facebook app. It has also been theorised that the new Year in Review feature could be responsible.

The TJM team: As it stands, none of the team have seen any old (and no doubt embarrassing!) pictures reappear on their Facebook profiles. This doesn’t mean we’re not living in fear and keeping a keen eye on them though…

Facebook partners with Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft to combat ‘terrorist’ content

On Monday, 5th December, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft revealed they would be joining forces to fight against terrorist content.

To achieve this, the platforms plan to create and utilise a shared database. As Fortune explains in their article, the new database will contain unique digital fingerprints (aka “hashes”) that contain terrorism related images and videos that violate their content policies.

The hope is that they will be able to flag terrorist content more efficiently, though each platform will be responsible for the removal of such content.

Facebook said of the matter: “We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online.”

Oddly this was more in response to the ‘fake news’ agenda.  We can only assume the Daily Mail will be on the list!

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