(RoyalPatriot.com )- On the day General Colin Powell died, whoever has admin access to his Facebook page posted an announcement of his death. And because the post included the information that he passed away from complications from COVID-19 while fully vaccinated, unsurprisingly, Facebook’s algorithm slapped a flagged message at the bottom reading “Visit the COVID-19 Information Center for vaccine resources.”
Apparently, this really bothered the Gateway Pundit.
But the fact is, Facebook has set up algorithms to add these flags to any post that contains words like COVID-19, coronavirus, or COVID vaccines.
It isn’t as if some Facebook employee manually added that flag to the post announcing Colin Powell’s death.
Had Powell’s post not included the words “Covid 19” or “fully vaccinated,” there would have been no info flag at the bottom of the post.
No doubt if Powell’s death announcement had included anything like “The vaccine didn’t stop him from dying of COVID-19,” Facebook’s algorithm would have flagged the post as misinformation and included a “fact check” about how effective the vaccines are.
This isn’t exactly news; Facebook has been doing this stuff for over a year.
In fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has routinely boasted about providing billions of users with accurate information on COVID and Vaccines. How do you think he sends them to that accurate information? By adding these stupid flags, that’s how.
Like a bunch of Nosy Parkers, Facebook algorithms insert these labels whenever any user enters the right keywords to a post.
Is it annoying? Yes.
Is it absurd that even General Colin Powell’s death announcement now comes with a handy “Visit the COVID-19 Information Center for vaccine resources?” Absolutely.
But it is hardly surprising.