It turns out — and really, to no one’s huge surprise — that the back-to-work movement at odds with majority public opinion on the COVID-19 lockdown ended up being as fake as a three-dollar bill. While it may have racked up a few followers here and there from the general public, at its core it has always been orchestrated and funded by deep-pocketed lobbying networks seeking to throw their weight around, and it remains so.
… or, in the more common parlance, astroturfing.
Posted on2020 May 20|Comments Off on COVID-19 Megapost Update
My COVID-19 resources page has gone live! You can click the link in the main navigation menu to view it. For now, the first two sections have been completed (immediate focus on BC and Canada, the remainder will be added later).
If you have information and resources that would be helpful to add, please contact me with the details. Strict vetting and quality controls will be in effect. (Yes, that specifically means I don’t want your conspiracy theories or political manifestos, there’s already enough of that crap floating around on Facebook.)
Over the past week, social media resharing of a large number of the same memes, websites, and news articles by many individuals and large groups of people has led Facebook’s algorithms to mistakenly flag a lot of important infographic memes, medical websites, and government resources as spam.
Because the Facebook platform is failing to function normally under these unexpected circumstances, these resources are frequently getting flagged as Community Guidelines violations — without an option for review — even though they are fully compliant with the Terms of Service. There simply is no way to appeal them, no way to fix the error at the end-user level, and no way to force the platform to accept those memes and links.
I am not without a backup plan, however.
As of next week, I will begin posting important COVID-19 stories and resources to this domain for wider dissemination.
With the URLs being unique for each blog post, hopefully this can act as a suitable workaround and let us to get the word out about vital resources while not being mistakenly affected by various social media platform content filtering system.
Stay tuned. We’re gonna be kickin’ it old school …