Facebook penalized clickbait-parody site Reductress for being too clickbaity

Facebook's moderation problems spilled over into the realms of satire when the site penalized a parody clickbait outlet for writing too much clickbait.

Founded in 2013, Reductress is a satirical online magazine. It publishes articles parodying clickbait aimed at women, often in a comically surreal fashion.

Recent headlines include: "Eyeliner Smudge Reaches Gulf of Mexico,"4 Things Your Vagina Is Trying To Tell You Ever Since A Witch Cursed Her And She Became Sentient," and "Man Needs More Protein." The site's Facebook account has around 226,000 followers.

On Thursday, editor Sarah Pappalardo said in a Tweet that Facebook had issued them account with a note saying its distribution on the platform had been limited due to "repeated sharing of clickbait."

Pappalardo told the Verge that this is the first time this has happened to Reductress.

"This appears to be a case of just ignorant regulation," they said. Pappalardo added that the lack of transparency surrounding moderation was a frustrating factor.

"You have no idea who is reviewing this content, or if they even bother to research who they are throttling," they said. ("They" is Pappalardo's preferred pronoun.)

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Facebook was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Business Insider.

Facebook has been making concerted efforts to convince the public that it's ramping up its moderation of harmful and spammy content, citing an increased safety workforce and increasingly powerful AI.

This isn't the first time Facebook's moderation processes have misfired, missing nuance in posts. Last year the company's AI automatically took down a post containing excerpts of the Declaration of Independence, on the grounds that it was hate speech.

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