Facebook Engineer Matt Jones Apologizes On Reddit For Accidentally Blocking Imgur

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Facebook engineer Matt Jones accidentally blocked Imgur and the Internet community was about to go livid until he did some PR control by replying to a thread on Reddit.    Jones’ response hit over 3,000 up-votes on Reddit.  This is what Matt Jones (@Fisherrider) wrote on the Reddit post that was titled “Facebook has blocked imgur.com.”

Hey folks – so this is actually my fault. Literally, I’m the guy who accidentally blocked imgur for a brief period of time today. I’m really sorry.

Some background: I’m an engineer who works on the system we use for catching malicious URLs. In the process of dealing with a bad URL that our automated defenses didn’t catch, I ran into a rare bug that caused us to incorrectly block some legitimate URLs for a brief time. Right after I figured that out and removed the bad data, I reworked the UI so no one will get bit by the same issue in the future.

As a form of apology that I’m sure is insufficient, here is a picture of my dog dressed up for the 4th of July:http://imgur.com/pR4mR .

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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