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Someone at Facebook decided that paying to promote a post on your favorite internet destination is verboten. Carol Roth, host of The Roth Effect here at the Ricochet Audio Network, wanted to promote her latest episode, an interview with best-seller author Brad Thor, but was told she needed to get “authorized” to run ads about “social issues, elections or politics.” So what triggered the rejection? Was it her name, the name of her guest, Brad Thor, or was it the destination?

Here’s the ad she tried to buy:

You’d think the words “‘backlash’ against the GOP” would be a Facebook selling point.

(Full disclosure: I produce Carol’s show but have no editorial input.)

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There are 7 comments.

  1. Percival Thatcher

    People might follow the link and see thoughts not cleared by the Thought Police.

    Can’t have that can we, FaceBook?

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    • July 2, 2019, at 12:44 PM PST
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  2. Bob Thompson Member

    People who find fault with Trump are going to have to make a decision at a new level in the 2020 Presidential election: Republican Trump versus a Democrat candidate who has vowed to support Communist Doctrine. Talk about a binary choice!

    • #2
    • July 2, 2019, at 1:11 PM PST
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  3. GFHandle Member

    You’d think the words “‘backlash’ against the GOP” would be a Facebook selling point

    Or else they trigger an algorithm that seeks to filter out any partisan stuff? (That sounds naive, I to know.)

     

     

    • #3
    • July 2, 2019, at 3:38 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  4. Cato Rand Coolidge

    GFHandle (View Comment):

    You’d think the words “‘backlash’ against the GOP” would be a Facebook selling point

    Or else they trigger an algorithm that seeks to filter out any partisan stuff? (That sounds naive, I to know.)

     

     

    If they have an algorithm designed to filter out any partisan stuff they need to get a new algorithm. It isn’t working.

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    • July 2, 2019, at 4:06 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  5. Mark Wilson Member

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    GFHandle (View Comment):

    You’d think the words “‘backlash’ against the GOP” would be a Facebook selling point

    Or else they trigger an algorithm that seeks to filter out any partisan stuff? (That sounds naive, I to know.)

    If they have an algorithm designed to filter out any partisan stuff they need to get a new algorithm. It isn’t working.

    What you view as Left wing partisan stuff is not partisan, it’s just normal. Only Right leaning stuff is partisan.

    I’m not arguing, you’re arguing!

    • #5
    • July 2, 2019, at 4:14 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  6. Bob Thompson Member

    Mark Wilson (View Comment):

    Cato Rand (View Comment):

    GFHandle (View Comment):

    You’d think the words “‘backlash’ against the GOP” would be a Facebook selling point

    Or else they trigger an algorithm that seeks to filter out any partisan stuff? (That sounds naive, I to know.)

    If they have an algorithm designed to filter out any partisan stuff they need to get a new algorithm. It isn’t working.

    What you view as Left wing partisan stuff is not partisan, it’s just normal. Only Right leaning stuff is partisan.

    I’m not arguing, you’re arguing!

    It’s like illegal actions to affect voting in an election. Who is doing it and for whose benefit is what matters not the fact that it is being done.

    • #6
    • July 2, 2019, at 4:19 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  7. Stad Thatcher

    EJHill:

    Carol Roth, host of The Roth Effect here at the Ricochet Audio Network, wanted to promote her latest episode, an interview with best-seller author Brad Thor, but was told she needed to get “authorized” to run ads about “social issues, elections or politics.” So what triggered the rejection? Was it her name, the name of her guest, Brad Thor, or was it the destination?

    Here’s the ad she tried to buy:

    Interesting. Last year, I attended an Indie Author’s Day conference. All of the speakers but one either dropped doing business on Facebook, or never did in the first place. The main reason was Facebook wasn’t all that great a platform for them as thought (IIRC, it was a cost/benefit thing).

    Now there’s another reason not to do business with Facebook: political censorship of your product.

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    • July 3, 2019, at 6:17 AM PST
    • 3 likes