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Facebook Shows How To Hose Groups Organizing On No Budget

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 28, 2012

From FDL’s Jane Hamsher, we hear of this:

Facebook quietly introduced a new “Promoted Posts” feature that forces you to pay money to reach upwards of 80% of your friends and fans, effectively censoring you by limiting the prominence of your posts if you pay nothing. Users are asked to pay around $7.00 to have posts appear to friends and fans as they once did, and larger pages like ours, with roughly 2 million fans, are required to pay a jaw-dropping $4,000 per post to reach our full audience.

If Facebook keeps this up, your timeline may soon be dominated by only major corporations willing to spend the cash. Sign our petition calling on Facebook to keep the social network truly free and change their Pay-to-Promote policy that unfairly limits users speech.

Sign the petition to keep Facebook free: end posting fees that unfairly limit the speech of individuals and small groups!

Click here to sign: http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/facebook-ptp

As Jane notes, the very social movements touted as “Facebook rebellions” — the Tunisia revolt for one — would not have been possible had this policy been in effect at the time the activists involved were using Facebook to mobilize support.

This is sadly reminiscent of how the Post Office — allegedly under pressure from large magazine empires seeking to kill off less-well-funded competition — jacked up the rates paid by magazine publishers, a move that seriously threatens the viability of periodicals like The Nation.

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