Written by DML
Facebook. You can’t live with it, you can’t live without it. Thus, when you read the report from The Guardian, you’ll become even more confused on whether you should continue using the service.
Overall, I’ve stopped advertising on Facebook because the rules they make, and the silence they keep about the rules, are impossible to understand as a publisher.
There have been times when I’ve felt like they’re listening to our every word I say during the Walk & Talks. If they don’t like the content – BOOM — they cut me off. But then there are times when I question myself, “Are you nuts, they have billions of users, they can care less about you.”
It’s impossible to ignore the strange things that happen on Facebook, is it not? Why and how are some posts free of censorship, while others end up in Facebook jail? Everyone asks the same questions, and we never get an answer from Facebook.
Last year we spent $52,000 in advertising with Facebook. This year we planned to spend $250,000, but I pulled out at the last second when they rejected my request for a Facebook ad representative. It’s very strange how it all went down.
I was put in contact with a “Facebook news specialist” out of the Washington DC office. When I asked her via email for help on how to best spend my $250k, she suggested I have a live chat with Facebook’s small business division in Texas. She sent me a link to the chat service.
When I clicked on the link, I was taken to a Facebook page that read: Service no longer available. I went back to the girl and told her the link didn’t work. She wrote back, “Oh, they must have cancelled that service.” I replied, “What’s next?” Sadly, I never heard from her again. Thus, I now spend $0 with Facebook.
Now, imagine my reaction today when I saw this headline on The Guardian:
Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence. Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics.
Allegedly, The Guardian got their hands on a few Facebook training and procedure manuals. I suggest you put down whatever you are doing now, and give this thing a full read. CLICK HERE TO READ IT ALL
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