Tuesday, January 15, 2019

More on how Facebook now wants people to "play ball" when offering political speech on either pages or friending accounts

I’ve checked a little more into my situation with my Facebook Page and the add button issue.
Although not everything is conclusive, it appears that I would be expected to purchase ads to sell my three books through the page (or my own associated site, which I have) and payment processor access, not depend only on Amazon and BN (although in my case Kindle and Nook copies are much cheaper). That could be followed by allowing a third party, probably in the book industry, like a local independent bookstore, to have admin privileges on the page (that helps identify me) and sell other books.

This sounds like the most promising plan.  It may not be prudent to depend on Amazon etc forever.  It’s also, despite the recent controversies with payment processors and patronage video channels (an issue which appeared suddenly in early December 2018 but for which there had been some warning signs last August) important to have a decent relationship with payment processors (and not be considered associated with any hate groups, even indirectly, which seems to happen all too easily right now).

Once all of this is done, I could add issue-oriented (non-partisan and related to the books) posts to the page and have them boosted, as I have been “identified” as in legitimate domestic commerce.

There is also the issue of the Facebook Add Donate Button intrusions.  It’s true that it is worded as an “offer” for efficiency and absence of costs (although is disagreement on that).  In a friending page, it will name Friends who have done it.  It also appears on your business page (with no mention of other people). But it tends to appear after a post that mentions political issues, whether or not there are links.  It does not appear after mere “check-ins”.

My position is this. First, I have a few non-profits as beneficiaries on my Trust, but that does not imply I will become an agent to speak for their political interests or to raise money for them. It is always OK to give a link to the non-profit site or FB page and let the non-profit use only its own button -- which means that the visitor is not prodded by my agency but makes up her own mind on visiting the actual original site. 

However, it is appropriate to add a direct donate button for a non-profit that serves the needs of actual people (that can be artists, scientists, etc and need [and should] not be minority or intersectional focuses) where I am committed to spending regular time serving the needs of their clients. It will be difficult for me to make time for this in the immediate future, at least until some medical tests are completed.
However, it appears to be inappropriate for me to make politically or issue-oriented posts on my Facebook account or page (either one) without solving these issues first.  Facebook does not want to be a site for “amateur” or “independent “ journalism;  it wants people to interact and meet needs.  It actually welcomes some partisan or community-specific bias because that implies real personal needs might be met.  To ignore this would be “manifest observable behavior”.
It will take some time for me to address these problems, but at least I have a handle on them.
Twitter does not present these issues.

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