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Facebook's sticker search has a queasy political reaction

Engadget logo Engadget 31/08/2016 Richard Lawler
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I don't usually search out particular stickers to express myself on Facebook Messenger (I'm a 💯 or 🔥 emoji kind of guy) but recently people who do, have noticed some strange results. VentureBeat points out a tweet by Serena Ehrlich showing the vomit sticker in response to searches for liberals or feminism. The company responded saying something in its search algorithm caused the response and that it should not continue to appear after today.

Whatever caused it, the reaction wasn't entirely partisan, appearing in response to searches for Trump, Obama (but not Barack Obama), Biden (but not Joe Biden) and politics in general, although several conservative-linked terms that I tried pulled up nothing at all. Based on those results, it's hard to say if this is another algorithmic misstep, the result of synthesizing this election season's conversations or the tagging work of pranksters. No matter what the cause, it will be gone soon, and peace will once again reign over the land of messaging.VentureBeat

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