You have to be careful what you say these days. Moreover if you’re a content creator advertising what you say on social media, you face a thicket of protocols and rules. Better to talk about Rainbows, Unicorns and Pixie Dust. That is what we do in Rainbows-Unicorns-Pixie Dust-Bob Davis Podcast 812.
Most noteworthy is the reason for all these new rules and regulations. The Russians!
Social Media Pressure
Since Russia allegedly employed thousands of bots to sway the vote for Donald Trump, something has to be done! Pressure on the big social media companies is immense. At the center of that pressure is FaceBook.
FaceBook’s Advertiser Rules Gauntlet
I ran the gauntlet of FaceBook rules recently. As a Podcaster my content generally focuses on Society and Politics. I am a commentator and reporter. I do not advertise or endorse candidate, parties or positions. Even more party political organizations, pressure groups or candidates do not pay for podcasts and do not control my content.
I tried to advertise a podcast recently that objectively reviewed GDP numbers for our economy. FaceBook’s silly rules put me in an impossible position. As a result I withdrew my advertising. Learn more in Rainbows-Unicorns-Pixie Dust-Bob Davis Podcast 812.
Era Of FaceBook Over?
Finally it seems to me that FaceBook is increasingly clunky. Difficult to use. Consequently I think it’s time advertisers recognize the user experience on FaceBook is rapidly deteriorating. Some advertising executives have even suggested the era of FaceBook is over.
Rules Do Not Always Protect
In conclusion what is the responsibility of the user? Yes, I support the idea that we should be identifiable as real users. However unfortunately speech control often ends up hurting people instead of protecting them.
Much better to drape yourself in Rainbows, Unicorns and Pixie Dust.