Facebook Labels Shacknews Spam, Which is Fake News

This morning hundreds of Shacknews posts were deleted from Facebook.


Shacknews has been around for almost twenty-two years. In that time we have covered gaming news, events, and technology with a high standard of journalistic integrity. We care about our readers and our community, and today was a gut punch as Facebook removed hundreds of our posts and is now preventing our feed from being shared to our followers' timelines. Shacknews articles have been labeled spam by Facebook's algorithm.

Facebook recently implemented a new algorithm to prevent spammers and bots from sharing fake news articles. Here is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's post about this terrible idea.

We are unable to even see our Published Posts History.

One reader, Scott Snider, pointed out that "I shared 2 shacknews posts and got told they were spam and had been removed. I had to go in and say it's not spam so now they are reviewing my posts to see if they violate facebook policies.... wtf" 

We would like to ask our readers on Facebook to please attempt to do the same. Please share our articles and dispute Facebook's spam claims. Do it for Shacknews. We also ask our readers to shift their focus to our Shacknews Twitter account and Shacknews Google Plus page as those companies still allow us to share gaming news with the world. Loyal Shackers will always be able to see our articles in the Shacknews Chatty forum. 


Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    January 26, 2018 10:35 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Facebook Labels Shacknews Spam, Which is Fake News

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      January 26, 2018 10:42 AM

      guess all those reports I filed must have worked. your reign of fake news terror is over

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      January 26, 2018 10:47 AM

      Hearing reports of this from other major news sites at my work. The common factor appears to be stories automatically posted by Dlvr.It.

      This same thing happened once years ago at the newspaper where I worked. Took a little bit, but Facebook and Dlvr.it worked it out, and the old posts got reinstated.

      Weird to see it happen again! Good luck!

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      January 26, 2018 10:50 AM

      I was able to share the shaq shacknews story, no notification of spam or anything

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      January 26, 2018 2:32 PM


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      January 26, 2018 2:38 PM

      Cool people don't use facebook anyway

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      January 26, 2018 2:41 PM

      we don't need facebook

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      January 26, 2018 2:44 PM

      fuckin' facebook

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      January 26, 2018 2:52 PM

      too many top 10 lists

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        January 26, 2018 2:55 PM

        malicious ads certainly don't help

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        January 26, 2018 3:12 PM

        sorry briefcase man, this was a poor joke(also i dont facebook so what do i know)

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      January 26, 2018 2:58 PM

      In that time we have covered gaming news, events, and technology with a high standard of journalistic integrity

      Where could they have possible got the idea that this was a vulgar joke site?


      Oh. Well, other than that.

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        January 26, 2018 3:00 PM

        (It is probably a tech error as mentioned above, but I found the super serious reputation of Shack to be a bit amusing).

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        January 26, 2018 3:20 PM

        You know what, you can go to another website anytime. I wouldn’t miss you. No hard feelings at all.

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          January 26, 2018 3:30 PM

          Gauntlet thrown!

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            January 26, 2018 3:42 PM

            He threw it a while ago when he banned me for a snarky comment about VR. I am under no illusions that he wants me here.

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              January 26, 2018 3:44 PM

              Then why antagonize the situation? Dont shit where you eat? Phrase ring a bell?

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                January 26, 2018 3:46 PM

                Maybe he likes to eat shit?

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                  January 26, 2018 3:52 PM

                  he likes to start shit.. theres a difference :)

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                January 26, 2018 8:28 PM

                Because that's his shtick. He baits people in to worthless arguments with inflammatory and antagonistic comments then goes running to the mods/owner when someone posts something that he doesn't like.

                The mods are only going to save you from yourself so many times before they get tired of your shit. You can either learn from these problems and adapt, or just keep fucking that chicken because you're miserable and want to take it out on others.

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                  January 26, 2018 10:33 PM

                  I guess I fly beneath the radar enough that people don't care what I say lol... why invite drama?

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              January 26, 2018 7:25 PM

              I get banned here and there. If you’ve been here long enough it’ll happen. But you shouldn’t take it personally or as personally.

              My first ban; I was gutted as I’d been here at least like 5-7+ years without one.

              Recent ones, upon reflection I deserved and I don’t take personally at all. In fact some of them have been for my benefit and not just community’s.

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              January 26, 2018 7:35 PM

              Just give it a rest, please.

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              January 26, 2018 8:20 PM

              You've thread shitted enough that your fan club is extremely small.

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              January 26, 2018 9:43 PM

              Battlefront 2 got what it deserved, trap, and if you were on Xbox I'd look forward to shitting on you in heroes vs villains.

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          January 26, 2018 7:58 PM

          It'll be hard but I'll miss Trapt. We'll somehow all find a way to move on without him.

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        January 26, 2018 8:52 PM

        I don't dislike you, but i do think you shouldn't always pick fights. I also don't think asif is being a bully, even if may be hurtful to see what he says. He's allowed to not like you, and i probably wouldn't like you either if i were in his position. Wouldn't take it super personally though

        I hope you don't leave, but i do hope you were a little more pleasant in general.


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          January 26, 2018 9:58 PM

          I don't think he is being a bully either. I think this is how he responds to criticism. That's fine everyone has their way, but when you have power over a website like this...this way tends to have more ramifications. I didn’t take it the same way Wisp did, though I do appreciate someone else noticing.

          TMWTB has done a lot of great things for this site and will continue to do them. But, if we can't actually criticize the editorial direction in the comments, then it really does make sense why Chatty and the front page are separate. We have every incentive to stay away for fear of disagreeing with the owner's stance. It is kinda sad that there is a poster saying they were reporting front page news rather than commenting on it and others telling me to not "bite the hand that feeds" us. I didn't really think we had reached that level.

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            January 26, 2018 10:21 PM

            That’s cool of you. Don’t take it too harsh and personal; I’m glad you can see that.

            Because personal experience god knows I’ve allowed other stuff to creep into my chatty life - and nothing good came of it.

            Keep on keeping on. Wisp! too even.

            Also someone get Kow to come back.

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            January 26, 2018 10:54 PM

            Well that sounds like a reasonable and balanced perspective.

            What's with the hate train? Even if being argumentative (deliberately or not) is grounds for ostracism (I should hope not), I haven't seen any extremely obnoxious behaviour from anyone lately.

            Then again, I certainly steer well clear of political threads!

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              January 27, 2018 2:13 AM

              Trapt has a talent for rubbing people up the wrong way, and you know that when the hate train rolls out the station everyone loves to climb aboard

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        January 26, 2018 10:16 PM


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      January 26, 2018 3:03 PM

      Are there other sites reporting the same issue?

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      January 26, 2018 3:07 PM

      Why do I hate FB so much

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      January 26, 2018 3:09 PM

      I don't know what a "Face Book" is but I already don't like it.

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        January 26, 2018 3:32 PM

        How do they determine this shit when i see the same Atlantic and cracked articles get recycled over and fucking over in my feed

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      January 26, 2018 3:29 PM

      more like the comrade with the briefcase

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        January 26, 2018 6:18 PM

        Briefcase contents:

        One hammer
        One sickle
        Dog Treats
        Stack of RadioShack bonds
        Several old issues of Nintendo Power

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          January 27, 2018 12:00 AM

          And no ham sandwich, only potato.

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      January 26, 2018 3:36 PM

      Whatever Facebook doesn’t like I probably like

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      January 26, 2018 3:41 PM

      Russian fake news slips through their fingers, but luckily they have a vice-like grip on shacknews 'spam'.

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      January 26, 2018 3:52 PM

      Let's unite and all deactivate our FB profiles!

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      January 26, 2018 6:00 PM

      Look how much distress Facebook caused to this community indirectly. It’s so terrible.

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      January 26, 2018 7:11 PM

      That there's funny - I don't care WHO you are.

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      January 26, 2018 7:30 PM

      Well this place has become a liberal echo chamber over the last ten years or so. A lot of people got run off by the mods during geedeck's time of "eliminate porn" and other distastefull things that we don't agree with.

      There is a herd mentality around here and people have seemingly lost critical thinking skills and you are either lumped in with group A or group B. No middle ground

      Don't really like where its going but I think its a reflection of society.

      Still love ya guys and wish we would get profiles back.

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        January 26, 2018 7:36 PM

        My impression is that’s the US in general these days? But I’ve been gone so long I don’t know. At least here in FNQ it’s more like do your thing, whatever that is, vs labeling and grouping.

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        January 26, 2018 8:07 PM

        Facebook's Deep Learning spam detection algorithm has identified our herd mentality and liberal echo chamber...yeah that's it...

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        January 26, 2018 8:18 PM

        so, shacknews being labled as spam is the result of it becoming a liberal echo chamber? or is it the big elimination of porn that flagged facebook to mark it as spam?

        im sitting here, mentally facepalming at this post. critical thinking, stgdz - lol where is the critical thinking in this post?

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          January 26, 2018 8:23 PM

          I think he was being facetious tbh. But did raise a god point about grouping people into camp A or B.

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            January 26, 2018 10:03 PM

            its as relevant as when trump starts talking about his electoral win when being questioned on the economy. sure they both relate to america and hes not wrong, but its just bizarre. shouldve stuck it in the daily trump dump.

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        January 26, 2018 8:22 PM

        You know you could have made that into one paragraph right? Good grammar isn't just for liberals.

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        January 26, 2018 8:29 PM

        I love how conservatives still play the victim card even when they are running the show. Cry me a fucking river.

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        January 26, 2018 8:57 PM

        Why so many carriage returns? They are as welcome as your authoritarianism.

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        January 26, 2018 8:58 PM

        I don't think the place has changed much. It's always been above internet gaming average in maturity and intelligence. And i mostly just remember this place as a nerdy libertarian place, if not "liberal". Since Donald has been a viable candidate, it's an easy target for a mature, intelligent gaming audience. I don't think it has a ton to do with the moderation. I don't think it's political, though moderating against stupidity and offensiveness may have the side effect of creating a "liberal echo chamber" . But it's always been like that

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        January 26, 2018 9:25 PM

        It’s the shacknews deep state. TMWTB’s emails are under investigation.

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        January 26, 2018 9:26 PM

        Remember the good old times?!???;?!!

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          January 26, 2018 10:22 PM


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            January 26, 2018 10:26 PM

            So cold

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              January 27, 2018 12:27 AM

              13th level cleric resurrects ...

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                January 27, 2018 4:33 AM

                I know this thread is experiencing probably before I can type this; but it’s sad how few know our real memes before even that term was invented.

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                  January 27, 2018 4:35 AM

                  Expiring damn auto correct.

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        January 26, 2018 11:22 PM

        Bring back porn dumps! #MSGA

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        January 27, 2018 2:15 AM

        Bizarre post, bizarre spacing

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      January 26, 2018 8:01 PM

      Shacknews: it’s the New York Times of games journalism.

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      January 26, 2018 8:13 PM

      Is shacknews going to lawyer up and hit the gym?

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      January 26, 2018 9:41 PM

      Trump found out about the Trump dump threads and made some phone calls

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        January 26, 2018 11:16 PM

        This is more likely than it should be. A 0.0001% chance is more than it should be, and I'd bet it's REALLY more like a 1%.

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      January 27, 2018 12:16 AM

      Wtf. Is there no way for companies to dispute this nonsense with Facebook in a more direct, official capacity?

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