Strange Red List status inheritance

What is happening here?
This is an Endangered subspecies, but iNaturalist has now made it “Least Concern.” based on the GENUS!! - which is totally wrong.
Furthermore, this is attributed to me, but it had nothing to do with me: this is purely iNaturalist “inheritance”

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/1053254-Erica-bauera-bauera

Conservation Status

Place Conservation Status Source Taxon Geoprivacy

|South Africa|Not Evaluated

Open Access: not in National Sensitive Species List

Status applied from a higher-level taxon: Bridal Heath Erica bauera

Added by tonyrebelo on February 11, 2022|Red List of South African Plants (SANBI)|Open|

|South Africa|Least Concern

Open Access: not in National Sensitive Species List

Status applied from a higher-level taxon: Heaths Genus Erica

Added by tonyrebelo on February 19, 2024|Red List of South African Plants (SANBI)|Open|

|South Africa|Endangered

Open Access: not in National Sensitive Species List

Added by tonyrebelo on February 11, 2022|Red List of South African Plants (SANBI)|Open|

Simply, any “inherited” status from a higher taxon level should NEVER overwrite a higher threat status given at that level.

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https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/change-the-conservation-status-system-so-that-least-concern-cannot-be-inherited-from-higher-taxa/40150

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