Facebook and Facebook Messenger are blocking any links, messages, or posts that include Minds.com unless users fill out a CAPTCHA to show that they really wanted to tell someone about the social networking site. Minds is a Facebook alternative that is encrypted, open source, and focuses on free speech. The site recently rolled out crypto tokens to reward users for participation.
If you heard that Messenger might be blocking reference to minds and you were wondering if it was true, Heavy.com tested the rumor and yes, Facebook Messenger is blocking links that include references to Minds.com. But this is not limited to Facebook Messenger. The block also happens if you try to post Minds.com links on your status. This isn’t a permanent block. If you fill out the CAPTCHA, then you can post the link. But Facebook makes it very clear that they recommend users do not post links to Minds.com.
It’s unclear why Facebook has set up this hurdle. Minds.com is not a spam site, it’s simply a newer social network that utilizes cryptocurrency. It also doesn’t raise any malware or virus warnings.
On Thursday, Facebook also removed 800 business pages and accounts. Facebook said in a blog post that it was deleting 559 pages and 251 accounts “that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” But many owners of those pages said they don’t understand why they were deleted and they were not breaking rules or spamming users. After the purge, Minds.com emerged as one of the Facebook alternatives that many people were considering. But now mentions of Minds.com have to go through a CAPTCHA filter before they are approved.
Here’s what happens if you try to post about Minds.com on Messenger or on your Facebook status. (This happened to me, and I’ve seen others talking about the same results.)