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Facebook technical error prevents users from posting these three harmless words

Internet users engage in speculation after Facebook stops people from using a simple phrase on the social network

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 13/10/2015 | 14:41

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO

A Facebook technical error briefly stopped users from being able to post the phrase ‘everyone will know’ on the site, sparking a flurry of online speculation.

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Users took to internet forums and message boards to discuss why they were unable to post the three words on the world’s largest social network.

The phrase was blocked by Facebook in ‘error’ after seemingly being flagged as a spam phrase on the site.

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"This was a mistake with our spam filter and our engineers have resolved the issue," Melanie Ensign, Facebook’s communications expert, told the Huffington Post.

"We're constantly updating the rules used by our spam-fighting engine and this particular phrase erroneously got caught in the mix," she said.

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Facebook’s spam filter problem was discussed by hundreds of people on Reddit after user system requirements claimed they were unable to use the phrase in a status update or when commenting.

“We actively fight spam, phishing, malware and any other attacks on Facebook,” Facebook's Help Centre said.

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