Sunday, August 30, 2020

What is '16.com' on Facebook?

Since the cases of strange sites like kekma.ga attacked, I became more careful in opening websites that I didn't know the contents of. I just don't want easily be fooled by random posts that intend to prank people on social media.

I always double-check the comments on that post first to avoid something crazy happens. And I don't forget to turn down the device volume. This site "16.com" is no exception which I observe is quite busy being discussed on Facebook and Instagram.
What is '16.com' on Facebook?

I see a lot of people complain that Facebook doesn't allow them to type "16.com" without quotes in a post. The post comments section is safe. Nobody cursed or got angry because they felt they had been pranked.

What I see is that many people are challenged to prove it in the comments. Some comments are irrelevant to the post. I was curious and finally challenged my self to comment "16.com" too. And sure enough, Facebook doesn't let me post that comment!

A red warning sign (!) appears and a notification that 16.com cannot be shared on Facebook because the link has been detected as violating community standards. Hmm, why aren't other website links blocked as well, huh? I started to wonder...

What is 16.com? Why does Facebook won't let you type this?

There was no relevant and credible information when I searched "What is 16.com" or "16.com Facebook meaning" on Google. So finally, I just typed the domain address in the search, hoping there was nothing to worry about, and here was the result.
16.com Facebook Meaning

At first glance, there is nothing that looks suspicious about the domain of this website. In my opinion, this is a domain that has never been used or has been used but its active period has ended, not extended by the previous owner.

To strengthen that statement, I tried to check the site's ranking on Alexa. It is quite surprising that this domain has already ranked 831,739 in engagement and global internet traffic over the past 90 days. Wow! My blog is nothing. Not much data has emerged other than that.

I added data from SimilarWeb; global rank: 454,889, best country rank: 57,945 in China, category rank: 17,958 in the computer electronics and technology. Total visits: <50k in a month, avg. visit duration: 16 minutes 17 seconds, and pages per visit: 19.98. All figures per this article is written.

Really weird. If indeed the 16.com domain has never been used, why does the data show as if someone has used it before? Or maybe its popularity is rising because it can't be typed on Facebook and Instagram.

What is clear, Facebook prohibits the link of this domain to be shared. However, I still can't find the exact reason why this domain should be blocked by Facebook. Except, it has been flagged by the bot as spam or goes against other Facebook community policy standards.

Is this because the domain address is formerly used by a site from China? I checked the neighbor's link, 17.com, which points to a Chinese language site. But not blocked by Facebook. Well, I don't know, I don't really know. What do you think?

That's what is 16.com on Facebook. If you have additional information that is more interesting, please feel free to comment below. Hopefully, this short article can provide you some insight. Thanks for reading.


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