Posts containing the word “vote” have been blocked from appearing on Facebook, raising fears about censorship, Sky News can exclusively reveal.
The issue appears to have affected people in the UK using Safari and Chrome browsers.
However posts on the social media giant’s app were unaffected.
Tests by Sky News, with several accounts, produced a red error message, saying: “Your last post wasn’t published. Please try again.”
A Facebook spokesperson said it was looking into the issue and suggested the problem was most likely a temporary mistake in the social network’s code.
Known in technical jargon as a bug, these faults are common, and are often linked to software updates.
Without this information, Facebook users who encountered the problem were concerned their voices were being suppressed.
Source: Sky News