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Facebook mistook Libyan shipwreck photos for spam

Facebook has apologised after they temporarily took down photos of a shipwreck off the coast of Libya.

A video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards on 23 August 2015 shows migrants waiting on an overcrowded boat being helped during a rescue operation off the coast of Libya as part of the Frontex-coordinated Operation Triton. Picture: AFP "

CAPE TOWN - Facebook temporarily took down pictures of a shipwreck off the coast of Libya last week because they were mistaken for spam.

At least 200 people were killed after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees sank off the coast of Libya last week.

Forty bodies were found on the boat and 160 were floating in sea about a kilometre from Zuwara.

Those on board were from sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco and Bangladesh.

Syrian artist Khaled Barakeh uploaded seven pictures a day after the tragedy, in an album titled Multicultural Graveyard.

They showed the victims and some people who were still holding onto the shipwreck.

His photo album was shared more than 100,000 times before it was temporarily deleted by Facebook.

The company blamed a bug which marked the album as spam.

They have since apologised for this and restored the content.

Many people have lost their lives while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Over 2,500 people have died at sea trying to reach Europe this year alone.