Do you believe in individual freedom? These days governments, institutions and big companies act as though they make the rules. Most of all when it comes to rights. Learn why I say this in Conformists Open Road-New Social Media Puritans-Podcast 729.
A Post About The Republican Convention Is A No No?
I covered the state republican convention in Duluth, Minnesota. My post included a title referring to the Minnesota Republican Party and a photo I took of conventioneers. No political advertising in the podcast or post. In addition, I don’t do political advertising. Podcast 728 is an account of the convention and my observations about what I saw.
It is pure citizen journalism.
Blocked From Advertising
Podcast 728 got great response on social media, so I decided to advertise it. I was shocked when FaceBook blocked me from boosting that post.
Change Your Settings and Conform
Moreover Podcast 728 could not be advertised unless I changed The Bob Davis Podcasts FaceBook page settings to allow for ‘political advertising’. If I did this, all my boosted posts would contain a warning. Find out about it in Conformists Open Road-New Social Media Puritans-Podcast 729.
Maybe Artificial Intelligence Isn’t That Intelligent
I was not silenced by FaceBook but their silly rules did prevent me from promoting. What’s more I have the impression this review was conducted by robots rather than humans. If they actually reviewed my content any reasonable human would conclude the post was not political advertising. What FaceBook is doing is violating the 1st amendment rights of news organizations and citizen journalists.
Take a look and see what you think.
Fear Of Offense Drives Silly Rules
Especially relevant is the question of what happens when you can’t advertise or talk about any subject because of the fear of offending someone.
God Forbid anyone might see something they disagree with!
Yeah the Internet is an open road. For conformists only.
Rugged Individualism? Don’t Make Me Laugh!
While politicians talk about rugged individualism there seems to be less of it.
These days it’s rigged collectivism.
FaceBook Is The New K-Mart
In conclusion rules and regulations and blocks do not make for a free exchange of ideas. It is most noteworthy that content creators find ways around these rules anyway.
Microsoft used to be the software King Kong. Better companies and better ideas eventually eclipsed the Seattle Giant. The lesson? Bad service and silly rules are a recipe for failure. Big Social Media is vulnerable to competitors that innovate and promote free speech.
What Do You Do When You Are On An Open Road?
Sometimes following the rules is the worst thing you can do.
Sponsored by Ryan Plumbing and Heating of Saint Paul
Conformists Open Road-New Social Media Puritans-Podcast 729
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