The master’s tools

TIL you can’t block Mark Zuckerberg, AND his wife, on Facebook. H/T: @jilliancyork

However, according to Mashable, it’s part of the built in feature of the site’s to prevent trolling campaigns against certain people, particularly one with a large following (Zuckerberg has over 90 million followers).

“This error isn’t specific to any one account. It’s generated when a person has been blocked a certain large number of times. In very rare instances, a viral campaign will develop instructing lots of people to all wrongly block the same person. The purpose of this system is to protect the experience for people targeted by these campaigns. We’re constantly working to improve our systems and are taking a closer look at this one.”

Not sure if this comes across as a surprise — Facebook algorithm itself is a black box. On top of that, The Guardian has begun publishing stories based on leaked documents from the training process Facebook content moderators had to go through, depicting the company’s struggles to come to terms with moderating their content at the same time enabling “free speech”.

But one thing we can be sure now — there’s a lot of people who have tried to block the master on his own tool.

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