Facebook Has No Shame When It Comes To Advertising Dollars

Facebook has retained FactCheck.org to aid in their fight against fake news stories in your timeline, which goes hand in hand with what they claim is their strict stance on “clickbait” posts. I personally have never been bothered by the so-called “clickbait” because the few that I did click on delivered nothing more than I’d expected.

To not understand that those types of posts are intentionally worded to entice a reader to click on the link and find out more, is incomprehensible to me.  How can people be so damned stupid as to not understand that it’s a come on?   And not ALL of those types of posts are a wasted click, and if they were, so what?  You should have enough sense to know if you want to click a link or not and if you don’t, you shouldn’t be on Facebook or any other site that may rely on its user’s intelligence to keep the site viable for further growth.

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Some of the stories offered were interesting or cute or funny, but the one thing they all had in common was that they took your attention off of Facebook for a few moments and also away from THEIR advertising modules, and here we arrive at the reason for this post.

Thousands of Fan Pages were removed from Facebook with no reason being given to owners, they were just removed, and for the most part, when page appeals were made, they were also denied.  The one thing that most of the pages removed had in common was that they posted “clickbait” links.

Now I’m sure some of you are more than happy not to see those posts in your newsfeeds any longer,  but if you were, you would still know it was a matter of personal choice whether you should click the link button and find out just what was going  on at the other end.

I found the following just about 15 minutes ago on the sidebar of a group I admin in, and with the recent deaths of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, I thought, oh no, not her as well when I saw it was Sally Fields they were claiming to have “passed” in a sponsored Facebook ad that didn’t even lead to the domain listed on the ad;  but was redirected to another where it was clear that Sally Fields hadn’t “passed,”was just fine,  and even better, as she and the hosts and everyone else involved with selling some very expensive miracle wrinkle cream, would all be getting a cut of the pie I’d been misled to come taste.  I’d rather have seen the fire hot ball bearing hit floral foam. That would have at least given me a few moments of entertainment rather than pissing me off when I see Facebook doing everything down to the T that they have removed Fan Pages for and tried to act holier than thou about.

Ads are reviewed before they are allowed to run and if they are inappropriate or deemed to be outside of the realm of genuine business concerns are not allowed to be published.  SUPPOSEDLY.  There is absolutely no way in hell you can convince me that a reviewer saw that ad for publication, bot or not, and if the latter couldn’t pick up on the keywords to determine exactly what type of an ad it was, surely a human should have.   I would have realized it was bullshit myself if I hadn’t been operating on maybe 4 hours of sleep and the fact that it just seemed logical, the rate celebrities have been dying off this year.  I would have realized too that the image below that of Sally was a product, and was part of the ad, but it’s done pretty cleverly, (another thing FB wouldn’t have missed) but obviously allows, due to the profit from advertising.

I think you’re a money grubbing hypocrite Mark Zuckerberg and your vision of a new world bringing people together seems more like a plan to keep the sheep in line and paying for your ego, or perhaps some more psychological tests you can apply to unsuspecting members without their permission. You’re just a college kid that got lucky and an ass to boot. Quit acting like a saviour when it’s clear you’ve set up in the temple.

RANT OVER!

Double Standards Rob Fan Page Owners As Facebook Abandons Its Principles

The onslaught of thousands of Facebook Fan Pages being taken down with no warning and little recourse to the owners, other than a dysfunctional appeals process, leads many to question how far Mr. Zuckerberg and company have strayed from the principles the company was founded on, and are still touted as being core values, the very backbone on which Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities have been built.

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The one common thread in all of the page removals has been that the page has been unpublished and can’t be published again, but then goes on to offer the opportunity to appeal. After registering these appeals the reply is that the unpublished pages are in violation of Pages Terms, however, the majority of unpublished pages contend they have no violations when viewed with these strictures in mind. The following and final term in the Pages Terms is this: Pages must not contain false, misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive claims or content. This is modified in the reply sent to those appealing with the addendum (ex: links to unrelated/malicious websites). What exactly does this mean and why isn’t it included in the Pages Terms? This is just one of the many questions Jason Karpowich of Mesquite, Nevada, owner of a fan page boasting over 4,000,000 fans at the time of its removal, would like answered. Moreover, he also would question the veracity of the 4th principle listed in Facebook’s Principles; Fundamental Equality, which states:

“Every Person – whether individual, advertiser, developer, organization or other entity – should have representation and access to distribution and information within the Facebook Service, regardless of the Person’s primary activity. There should be a single set of principles, rights, and responsibilities that should apply to all People using the Facebook Service.”

The sad truth of that is unless someone is a member of the Facebook Business Community and/or regularly pays to create ads and promote pages and posts, there are no advocates of any type to whom page owners can air their grievances and occasionally, not even then. This seems a far cry from the stated principle.

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In light of these recent Orwellian purges, Mr. Karpowich has created a petition at Change.Org requesting signatures in an attempt to reach decision makers at Facebook with a request that page owners be represented by a Facebook official or officials, whose standing and integrity in the corporation be such that they are able to extend to Fan Page owners the same representation given those in the business community and other divisions of Facebook so that there is indeed, fundamental equality for all.

There are other items in the various principles that have long been forgotten by those running Facebook’s daily business affairs, that need addressing as well. Given the number of pages that were removed with no plausible explanations, Mr. Karpowich would most certainly have met his petition goal of 2500 signatures needed to send the petition to Facebook officials within the first two days of its existence, had it not been for the fear of reprisal by most of those affected. Fortunately, there are some people who are unwilling to stand for injustice, either to themselves or others and will take a stand for those too weak or fearful to stand for themselves. Jason Karpowich is such a man and we would hope that his story and passion for fairness and equality will be heard by all, and addressed in the media until action has been taken to rectify multiple wrongs done to the individuals who many believe has been the main reason for Facebook’s popularity and growth.

Without these Fan Pages Facebook will become a very boring site indeed. Sign the petition!!

Be Aware That Facebook Is Mass Deleting Fan Pages

14657273_10210282345913610_342701948033800014_nATTN: I am writing this to inform you of a serious injustice currently going on behind the scenes for thousands of users on Facebook, in particular with the pages aspect of their platform. In 2007, Facebook launched their fan pages component, which allowed Facebook users to create fan pages for all types of interests and purposes. You can create pages for small businesses, fan pages to bring fans of a certain character or superhero together, or simply to post/share content you enjoy with others. I’m guessing you have a Facebook page for your news outlet/site.

Within the past week, Facebook has eliminated hundreds of pages for no apparent reason and has yet to issue an official explanation for their actions. I can assure you that many, if not all, of the pages eliminated were not erased for standard/regular reasons (fake traffic, spam, etc). This was a removal of hundred of pages with at least 30 million fans in total (all active users and real people) and as I said, no formal notice or explanation has been given by Facebook. The reason this is news is not simply because Facebook made a massive page sweep/purge and didn’t say anything, it is because the page owners behind these pages, many of whom have been building them for 5 years plus, suddenly had their entire followings and fan bases removed from their lives for no reason. There are hundreds of page owners terribly upset, especially because they have been left in the dark as to why this happened. Additionally, many page owners used their pages to generate income in legitimate ways. Selling merchandise and posting Facebook-approved sponsored links are a couple popular examples.

This is a case of a few clicks by a development team at a major tech company resulting in hundreds of individuals and families experiencing a direct loss of income, not to mention the enjoyment and ability of simply sharing content you like with others. I am confident we can get some media coverage on this issue, as there hasn’t been much yet to date. Most page owners are in mourning, so to speak, or angry, and haven’t thought to reach out to news outlets. I have created a group (on Facebook, ironically) called Power to the Pages with nearly 500 members of the page owner community who can verify my claims and give their accounts/stories as to how this hurt them directly and financially. I’m sure there are many more out there, I only represent/am connected to a portion of this page owner community. Let me know if you are interested in learning more. Hope to hear back soon. Best, Jason Karpowich powertothepages@gmail.com