I have been on facebook for many years, and certainly for the last six years I have shared my blog posts directly to Facebook. This was particularly useful as it helped me promote not just my own books but those of the authors that I support in the Cafe and Bookstore.
In the last two days all my posts shared to facebook have been blocked as not meeting community standards and in one case as being offensive. Also those trying to share my posts to facebook have also been blocked from doing so.
Apparently I am not the only one, and I have discovered that this is a follow on from several months ago when automatic sharing to facebook from WordPress was discontinued.
The policy on Facebook now has changed under their Fake News conditions that is blocking external URLS from being posted to the site. Clearly because I post a lot each day this caught their attention and hence the current situation.
To say that I am angry and upset is an understatement as this was done without any notice and in a dictatorial manner.
Others have been treated the same and there is word that this is going to allegedly spread through those who currently share external blog posts to the site. I don’t want to be accused of spreading fake news, so I do use the word allegedly.
I have sent an email to the firstname.lastname@example.org address and await a response if any.
In the meantime, thankfully the majority of the followers to the blog are here and Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn and it will be business as usual..
I have deleted the Facebook share button however as those of you kind enough to share there, are being blocked from doing so anyway.
I have joined the emerging site MeWe with others from Facebook but it will take time to populate. It does offer a more user friendly approach (for the time being) and if you are interested in joining us there then here is my link where you can find out how to sign up.
Sorry to have such a downbeat post but this is the way of the world now and to be expected from these so called social networking sites.
It will be interesting to see how this will impact Facebook itself, if the millions of bloggers who currently use it to post their blogs are also blocked!
Thanks for your patience and I hope if this happens to you, it will not be quite as much of a shock as it has been for me.