Facebook Explains Dan Scavino’s Ban: "To Stop Automated Bots”
USA – March 20, 2019
Soon after the president's tweet regarding Facebook blocking White House Social Media Director and assistant to the President Dan Scavino Jr. from making public comments on his own Facebook page, a Facebook spokesperson explained the reasons for ban: "In order to stop automated bots, we cap the amount of identical, repetitive activity coming from one account in a short period of time, such as @mentioning people. These limits can have the unintended consequence of temporarily preventing real people like Dan Scavino from engaging in such activity, but lift in an hour or two, which is what happened in this case. We've been in touch with him and have apologized for the inconvenience."
The message from Facebook that Scavino received does not specify which comments were flagged or what standard they had violated, as usual.
It reads: "You're temporarily blocked from making public comments on Facebook.
Some of your comments have been reported as spam. To avoid getting blocked again, make sure your posts are in line with the Facebook Community Standards."
However, Facebook Community Standards say nothing about mentioning people or how fast user should comment posts. Instead, they warned people from “unintentionally misusing Facebook”:
“We may block people from doing something on Facebook when:
Something you posted or shared seems suspicious or abusive to our security systems. This can last up to a few days.
Messages or friend requests you sent were marked unwelcome. This can last up to a few days.
You've done something that doesn't follow our Community Standards. This can last up to 30 days.
We understand that you may have had good intentions or may have not known about our policies on acceptable behavior, and we also understand that this block can be frustrating. To help keep Facebook open and welcoming, we try to prevent people from unintentionally misusing Facebook, even if you felt that what you did was acceptable.”
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted he'd be "looking into" the issue with Scavino's account, which has already been restored.
Later in the day, during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, he returned to the issue, saying, "There's discrimination, there's big discrimination," and added, "Something's happening with those groups of folks that are running Facebook, and Google, and Twitter, and I do think we have to get to the bottom of it," according to CNN.
Facebook has still not restored pages and accounts of Americans which were falsely accused of “spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior” and removed from the platform last October, as USAReally reported.