October 30, 2019 UPDATE: After six months of suffering, Facebook finally took this website out of their “jail” and now I can use the URL to this blog again (at least, for now)!
Thanks to everyone for their support and commiserations.
Or maybe, Facebook just hates ME!
They keep burning my book blog!
On Friday and Saturday (October 18 and 19), I posted to about 10-12 Facebook pages (either directly or shared from my blog’s Facebook page), the link to the Mailchimp landing page for my most recent book review. I also used that on the Facebook page I made for this blog, which I shared my own personal page. This morning, I used that same link in my comment on the Facebook page Readers Coffeehouse in a thread asking what people were doing this weekend. Almost immediately afterwards, Facebook began deleting ALL of those posts with that link, saying they were spam, as follows:
We don’t allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information to get likes, followers or shares.
We define spam as things like:
Artificially increasing content distribution to make money
Requiring people to like, share or recommend content before they can view it
Pretending to be someone else
Now, I’m unsure why, but for some reason, this keeps happening to me on Facebook. I’ve done everything in my power to make sure that ever time I post to Facebook that I’m following the rules of those pages. I try to interact with people on those groups, and I try to vary the wording of my posts and personalize them for the group I’m posting to, but to no avail. Somehow, every so often, I get flagged as spamming or going against Facebook’s community standards. It could be that there are some people on Facebook who dislike me, and are reporting me directly to Facebook. Or it could be that Facebook just doesn’t like book review blogs.
I’m frustrated, and I’m tired of this. As some of my readers know, I started book blogging in 2013, with a Blogspot blog. After Facebook decided – for the second time – that the URL to that blog went against their precious community standards, I migrated all of my posts to this WordPress platform. Things went well for a while, until about six months ago, when Facebook once again decided my blog goes against their community standards, and banned my using the direct URLs to this blog from both Facebook and Instagram. To get around this, I built a Mailchimp landing page, and converted my old Blogspot blog posts also into types of landing pages – giving me two ways to put links on Facebook that would help people there get to my blog here. Then today, it happened again.
Well, I’m not moving my blog again, but I’m guessing that Facebook (and possibly also Instagram) want me gone. So… I’ll just have to spend less time on Facebook, and more time on twitter and other blogs.
If anyone can tell me how to resolve this problem with Facebook, I’d really appreciate any help you can give me!