Facebook Tests Taking Non-Promoted Media Posts Out Of User Feeds, Outlets Report Massive Drop In Hits

The Hill reports:

Facebook is testing a new update that would move non-promoted posts out of users’ newsfeeds, which could be a major hit to media publishers who use the platform to bring traffic to their websites.

The changes are currently being tested in six countries including Slovakia, Serbia and Sri Lanka, according to Filip Struhárik, a journalist at Slovakian news outlet Dennik N.

The alternative version of Facebook shows non-promoted posts in a secondary feed, while Facebook’s primary feed prioritizes content from user’s friends and advertisements.

“Pages are seeing dramatic drops in organic reach,” Struhárik wrote. “The reach of several Facebook pages fell on Thursday and Friday by two-thirds compared to previous days.”

In the Facebook vernacular, a “Page” (as opposed to a profile) belongs to a business or high-profile personality.

Perhaps obviously, if instituted widely, this move would compel media outlets to pay Facebook to insert their stories into everybody’s feeds. They can do that now, but most “promoted” posts are currently from retailers and other businesses.

About 15% of JMG’s traffic arrives via my auto-posted Facebook links. Last year I attempted to test their promotion system but their algorithm rejected my post for reasons unknown. Got my $20 back, though.

  • JoeMyGod

    In 2015, Facebook overtook Google as the largest traffic source for news outlets. According to a report at the time, Facebook accounted for 43 percent of the traffic at the over 400 media sites included in the study.

    • Sam_Handwich

      wow.

      and i still can’t understand why anyone uses FB

      • MBear

        Farmville

        • Gustav2

          The biggliest time-suck in my hubby’s life.

        • greenmanTN

          My only farm is Onan’s Acres…

          • Gustav2

            Dirty boy.

          • AmeriCanadian

            😺

          • jerry

            Does anything grow there, or do you just clean up spilled seed?

          • greenmanTN

            You’re supposed to clean it up?

          • jerry

            Only if it happens inside…

      • Because FB gradually adapts itself to showing mostly only what you want to see. But those same algorithms can then be used by companies and countries alike to steer your opinions, by showing you stuff that amplifies the attitudes and behavior they want you to have.

        Say something like, “I wish there wasn’t so much money in politics”—and suddenly the Russians/Trumpers would be pushing “Clinton raises scads of money for campaign!” stories into your feed.

        Twitter is in many respects just the same thing, only with more self-selection in terms of what people choose to look at. But all you had to do was be a Bernie supporter, for example, to see all kinds of tweets about how the system was rigged against him unfairly, how it wouldn’t hurt to write in his name, how Clinton & Trump would be identical, etc.

        • Chucktech

          But if I did say something like, “I wish there wasn’t so much money in politics”—and suddenly the Russians/Trumpers push “Clinton raises scads of money for campaign!” stories into my feed, I’d either say good for her, because Republican pigs do it far worse than she does, or realize that someone is trying to piss me off and let it slide. Or, dig a little bit and see who’s pushing that story and do I think it’s fake or merely consider the (most likely) RWNJ source.

          • Joe in PA

            That’s what I’ve thought, for me it’s pretty easy to bypass the junk. When the “suggested posts” first started I was ready to leave, but soon they just seem to disappear.

        • Cattleya1

          It takes a certain measure of intellectual discipline to read what other people (read that your personal out groups) have to say. But when I find someone on the right saying something I can agree with, I think there is at least hope of finding common ground. Faux and the other right wing media sites do not like this, because it interferes with their goal of keeping the base agitated – and thus incapable of critical thought. It also would cut into their profits.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Same here, and especially even still, now.

      • Hank

        I will STILL get my news from The New York Times, MSNBC and, of course, JMG!!!! Screw FB and Twitter!!!!

      • RaygunsGoZap

        I had to log into FB today for some work-related reason and was immediately grossed out by my own friends and their posts.

    • Joe in PA

      That’s interesting, I use FB (and yes I “Liked’ JMG) but I hardly get any “news” items. Occasionally I’ll get see political posts from friends. I find FB tedious to use and mostly have it to stay in touch with old friends.

      But hey, I just discovered a Far Side group and snagged this little gem:

      Paging @pickypecker, paging @pickypecker. 🙂

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b172de4a646b60ea88589f2013b7dcff58a7a4594b24ec028060f804ac7452d.png

      • greenmanTN

        LOL!

        • Joe in PA

          As @gustav2:disqus said elsewhere…huge time waster…I just spent 20 minute perusing all the posts…I’ve been LOLing though. 🙂 Dang I miss Gary Larsen. 🙁

          • greenmanTN

            I could lose an entire day on something like that.

      • Gustav2

        Picky strikes again!

      • vorpal 😼

        I don’t think I’ve ever seen a news item on my Facebook, but I don’t typically go through my feed… I mostly only use it to communicate with people in my life.

        A few of the Twittercrites are out in full force as usual, I see, saying that using Facebook is unthinkable.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Using Facebook makes Jesus cry.

        • Joe in PA

          Teeheehee. I take all that with a grain of salt. Different strokes…

          I just opened FB and realized that I use for political posts from my two Senators and PA and national rep. I’m not wild about the trolls in the comment sections, but it is good to voice an opinion.

      • JCF

        Not laughing.

  • kirtanloorii

    I don’t use facebook, but do you think this will cut back on Russian trolls and their fake news?

    • popebuck1

      Something tells me the trollbots pay whatever they have to, to get promoted as much as they want. If they weren’t a source of revenue, Zuckerberg would surely have cut them loose LONG ago.

    • MBear

      The reports are that the troll farms placed ads, which i think is as easy as promoted posts. So…basically this is just tempering any source that doesn’t pay in the FB cash machine…which we already know the trolls use…so…?

  • MBear

    Vee vill onlee allow yew to shee that wich vee vant yew to shee

  • Facebook, Twitter and Google represent the greatest vulnerability to democracies in large part because there is no transparency when an ill-doer wants to manipulate people using sophisticate propaganda techniques.

    They don’t even admit that “promoted” means “someone paid to make this advertising/essay/article more prominent so more eyeballs see it.”

  • Bj Lincoln

    Does this mean all the shit links to BS news stories like someone died but didn’t would be gone? I thought all the ads for everything was paid for to be on that page. I do like that the ads I get are for things I was looking for but there are few ads for other things. I don’t visit facebook pages so I don’t really understand what this is about.

    • Lazycrockett

      My mom called me last night asking if it was true that Sally Fields had died, cause it was on her and dads facebook page. After I said that no Sally was not only alive but signing on to a new netflix show I once again told them that facebook is not reality or factual in anything on the site.

      • But so many don’t know that. I don’t use FB, but I see similar behavior on Twitter. Someone posts BS and suddenly the whole place is swarming with “OMG, that happened?!”

        Sometimes it’s honest mistakes. Sometimes it does real damage, like that Mensch woman and her insane conspiracy theories.

        • -M-

          LM’s deliberately sowing confusion and distrust.

        • Bj Lincoln

          It gets harder to tell what is real or not now a days. The only reason I finally got on Twitter was to respond back to Drumpf. I do wonder how many times I can call him a “fucking moron” before I’m blocked?

          • Cattleya1

            At least you’ll known that you and Rexxon are blocked together.

      • Bj Lincoln

        Exactly.

    • Gustav2

      If your crazy relatives from Ohio are on Facebook, you will still get them.

      • Bj Lincoln

        I send articles from here with my comments to FB because of my crazy relatives but I stay away. I don’t even peek to see if they commented. LOL

        • greenmanTN

          Probably best not to…

        • Gustav2

          😉

        • Chucktech

          What?? You don’t even peek to see if they commented???? But, how can you LIVE with yourself??

    • Cattleya1

      I don’t do FB but Google has done it for a while. Two good friends were diagnosed with bad cancers and retired doc that I am, I googled up the latest info – now just about every web page I go to has ads encouraging me to go this cancer center or that one. I’ve googled Polonium a couple of times – I’m probably being tracked by the Russian secret police as well.

  • pch1013

    What about Sweden, Suriname, Slovenia, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and the Solomon Islands?

    Or maybe I misinterpreted that list of countries beginning with ‘S’…

  • JoeMyGod

    If you are on the Book Of Faces, please consider “liking” JMG:

    https://www.facebook.com/JoeMyGodLGBT/

    • Lars Littlefield

      Oh, the shame to be a slave to evil data gathering info masters just to be able to earn a living. The horror! Won’t someone please think of the children?!

    • David in Tucson

      Definitely have “liked” it for some time.

  • JWC

    So happy Fuckleberg and Facebook are out of my life

    • bkmn

      Same here – no need to rejoin Wastebook at any time for me.

    • Chucktech

      But he’s just made it so you can now virtually go to Puerto Rico so you can feel just what the hurricane victims feel…

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Sleighted? Yeah thanks, no.

    • iambu

      Ditto! I “quit” the face place like 2 or 3 years ago and my mental health improved significantly and almost immediately. I don’t miss it a bit. The reason quit is in quotes is ’cause my profile technically still exists because there are a handful of relatives who are only reachable through Facebook (like my cousins who moved to Panama, or grade school classmates who still get together to memorialize one of our friends who was murdered), but it’s pretty much the digital equivalent of tumbleweed blowing across the empty town square at noon. Still no clue why people bother wishing me a happy birthday when it’s SO obvious I haven’t visited the site in months.

      • JWC

        or all the pretty people requiring adoration

        • iambu

          Or the people who are hang gliding in Mexico every day of the year. Their lives are more adventurous and interesting than yours. Or the people who work at Super Impressive Company and have Super Impressive Job Title. They’re more successful and wealthy than you are. Then there are those who are SO up on pop culture that everything they reference makes you feel old and out of touch, even if they’re your same age. It’s easy to forget that everyone’s profile is just curated bullshit and nobody’s actually living a better life, they’re just using better filters. Also, also: conservative older relatives with opinions…

  • MBear

    The automated msgs from FB that Ive missed posts from people has been reaching feverish proportions

  • Lars Littlefield
    • AmeriCanadian

      OMFG.

    • Chucktech

      No, no, poison gas initially smells like pumpkin spice…

      Where’s that damned tin foil hat…

    • Friday’s_cat

      Do you know how hard it is to sound like the concerned parent when the administration office calls to inform you your child will be receiving an in school suspension for bringing a can of fart gas. Or to inform you that buying a space in the school play program for Hugh G Rexion isn’t appreciated?

      • Lars Littlefield

        I’ve never had the opportunity, but I certainly wish I had. LOL!

      • Joe in PA

        You’ve raised that one right. 🙂 Isn’t there an expression…something like “nut doesn’t fall far from the tree” or something. lol

  • TrueWords
    • +9000 this

      • TrueWords

        Facebook Raked in $9.16 Billion in Ad Revenue in the Second Quarter of 2017

        • Likely some of it still being paid in rubles.

          • Natty Enquirer
          • Karen

            Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
            On tuesday I got a great New Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            !tp53d:
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          • pch1013

            Absolutely! Or, as Trump’s boss would say, Совершенно верно!

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          With likely 40% from the Soviets.

  • another_steve

    Here’s the America I long for.

    An America where women knew their place, men did the hard work, and little gay boys smiled obediently.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd0f5f546544d6f27ed40bb622f95e31d1da475c1ccdf9ab1664f777ae15a637.jpg

    • Friday’s_cat

      As dad fondled his robot mistress’ knobs

      • another_steve

        ^^ LMAO!

        Ohmigod, the best laughs I get these days I get from the comments on this fuckin’ blog.

      • pj

        with vase and doily. good times.

        • Friday’s_cat

          How you determine robot gender.

          • Joe in PA

            I suspect it might be dangerous trying to find out. 🙁

          • Friday’s_cat

            AC or DC

          • Joe in PA

            Exactly. 🙂

        • Joe in PA

          My grandfather and his wife had one of those ceramic black panther planters (with a light imbedded in it somehow). The panther had these glass eyes that were fascinating (I looked a LOT like that kid in the photo). 🙂 Ah, memories.

          • pj

            my grandmother had a lava light on top of the tv. it was very distracting

    • Lazycrockett

      He just wants pants that fit.

      • pj

        he will grow into them. my childhood.

  • TrueWords

    Russia’s Facebook Fake News Could Have Reached 70 Million Americans
    Facebook acknowledged that Russian propagandists spent $100,000 on election ads. It neglected to mention how many millions of people those ads reached.

    Russian-funded covert propaganda posts on Facebook were likely seen by a minimum of 23 million people and might have reached as many as 70 million, according to analysis by an expert on the social-media giant’s complex advertising systems. That means up to 28 percent of American adults were swept in by the campaign.

    http://whistleblower-newswire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/image021-Copy-1.jpg

    • Karl Dubhe

      Only half? Pity.

      • TrueWords

        it really depends on who your friends are…the number could be higher depending upon that…

        I had to leave Facebook 4 years ago after a friend posted a VILE and VIOLENT video…

        I asked for them to remove it and they said NO and I said, GOODBYE

    • Gustav2

      60 Minutes reported on the Cloud businesses in Virginia Sunday night and that movie was all I could think off through the whole piece.

      • Friday’s_cat

        I stopped with 60 minutes after they did a hatchet job on the Jeep CJ-5.

        • Lars Littlefield

          I’ve rolled several CJ-5s in my life time. I had a CJ-7 Eagle that constantly tried to kill me. I have yet to roll my YJ Wrangler or any of the TJ and JK Wranglers I often drive.

          • Joe in PA

            Ah, not to state the obvious here Lars…but you’re kind of a slow learner, huh?

            {ducking] 🙂

          • Lars Littlefield

            Where I live four-wheeling over red rock sandstone is not only a way of life but a necessity. A lifestyle that has both its risks and rewards. 🙂 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6706456c0a5f2f9df4400d080616ee18d1dc42785b4fd00bfdea309504729524.jpg

          • Helen Damnation™

            Sedona area?

          • Lars Littlefield

            Good eye. Actually I live in the Four Corner/Canyon Lands area. But that’s me standing on the back of my Jeep looking for UFO circles on the periphery of Sedona. 😀

            This is the road to my ranch off of Highway 195, 35 miles south of Moab, Ut. If you follow the entire loop you end up at Brown Eyes Sand Flats where Jeeps go to die.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/204ba9ed8b2367110efc7f0a938942b6597517380c27b9a469b5ba9697a9988e.jpg

          • Helen Damnation™

            I turned down a nice job offer from the Poco Diablo Resort; my BFF was the chef there and offered me a F&B manager position. I turned it down, Sedona was ‘too small’. I had even found a nice house for a reasonable price too. I kick myself everyday for not taking that damn job.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Yeah. If I wasn’t so burned out the last few years before I retired I would probably have settled in Palm Springs or Manhattan Beach. But old friends from college invited me to stay at their lodge in Boulder, Utah (check out http://boulder-utah.com)> I grew up on a farm in central Utah. Both sets of grandparents had large farms. , and despite the hell of living among mormons, my life was pretty damn good. Better than most, anyway. So, my friends inspired me. If two gay men could; create a stunning home and lucrative business in paradise, maybe I could do it, too. Not long afterward I found my little farm in San Juan County, Ut. I don’t run a lodge or any sort of business. But We’re so isolated from the rest of the world that we usually have friends from Arizona, Nevada, California, New York, SLC, Mexico staying with us every week. Whenever I am tempted to think I need a change of scenery I stop myself and review how damn good my life is. Even my friends in Boulder, Ut visit to get away from their destination lodge. And when I get bored there are plenty of anti-environmentalists to get my blood boiling and Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service hearings I can attend to rail against “the man.” In my case, the stupid white mormon real estate man trying to destroy the desert wilderness. Mormons would build a Mcdonald’s under Delicate Arche in Arches National Park if they could get away with it. Crass bastards.

            Live long and get even is my motto. 🙂

          • Joe in PA

            wow, that’s beautiful. As a colleague quipped (after a bunch of us moved from Texas to DC for work): in the east we suffer from horizon depravation. So true. Thanks for posting. Now get down off that tire, you’ll break something. 🙂

    • JCF

      I would say you underestimated.

  • TrueWords
  • Secure

    Another friend gone from depression. That’s 4 friends in 6 years. Make it stop.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Do you think there’s a connection because of Face Pages?

    • another_steve

      Anyone reading here who’s suffering from depression: stay with us. Here you are in a community of people who understand you and what you may be going through.

      It’s best to seek professional help, but absent that – or in conjunction with that – stay here.

      • depression alone is never good enough reason to end your own life, no matter how bad it is. i’m one of those people who supports people choosing to end their lives for other reasons, and that includes pain and the pain of depression is real in a physical sense as well as psychological. but it can be amazing how quickly it can lift, if some circumstances change. they do, all the time, and the trick with depression is to stay busy doing things that don’t make you depressed. which can mean major life changes too, but that’s not always a bad thing.

        tldr: i agree with steve. depression messes with your mind, never forget that. if you’re thinking about hurting yourself, seek aid and treatment.

    • Friday’s_cat

      The high costs of for profit health care. It’s only going to get worse under the Great White Dope.

    • Helen Damnation™

      So sorry. I relate, I’ve been depressed since last November, no joking. Seems as if I’ve got the anxiety of the people around me on my own shoulders; many think Trump is doing a fantastic job. Sorry to hear again, hope you have joy in your life sooner than later.

      • Secure

        Thanks. It’s just very frustrating and sad as well.

  • Friday’s_cat

    How many of you access facebook on your buypad?

    • Lars Littlefield

      Not me. I’m pure inside.

    • stevenj

      Never touch the stuff.

  • Hank

    I use Adblocker in my browser. This way I do not have to be inundated with Fake News!!!

  • aagold76 .

    how about testing it in Russia! They need to stop running any/all political ads- everywhere! They can afford it.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Trumpywise the Narcissistic Sociopathic Clown

    • Natty Enquirer

      They all BLOAT.

    • billbear1961
      • greenmanTN

        The Man Who Laughs starring Conrad Veidt…

        • billbear1961

          Is THAT where this is from?

          • greenmanTN

            Yup. Silent film, hoping to cash in on the success of Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Veidt has his face carved into that hideous smile by his sadistic father, later falls in love with a blind girl who doesn’t know how he looks.

            Veidt is best known as Cesare, the somnambulist in The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari and the head Nazi in Casablanca. He was in the silent film Different From The Others, a plea for the repeal of Germany’s anti gay laws. produced by Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute of Sexology.. He fled Germany to escape the Nazis then spent most of his later career playing them. He married and a had a child, though I read somewhere he was straight while sober and gay when drinking.

            https://i0.wp.com/moviessilently.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/cabiniet-of-dr-cailgari-animated-gif-the-bedroom-attack1.gif?fit=320%2C240

            Stop me before I nerd again!!! 😩

          • billbear1961

            From what little I’ve read about him, he was a good man.

            He fled the Nazis and worked against them because he DESPISED them.

          • greenmanTN

            Like Marlene Dietrich in that regard…

          • billbear1961

            And now OUR media are working to normalize fascism, as they normalized Trump, God DAMN the evil bastards to HELL!

            There must be SOMETHING we can do to make them PAY for their goddamned complicity with EVIL!!

            God ROT them!!

          • jerry

            The German Expressionism really had a major effect on Hollywood in the late 20s/early 30s horror films. As “Casablanca” was so popular, that’s what he’s mainly remembered for.

            Oh, and his character in “The Man Who Laughs” is supposedly the basis for the Joker of “Batman”.

          • greenmanTN

            Mystery films too. Film Noir is basically German directors meet American Crime Stories.

            Trivia: The cinematographer for I Love Lucy was Karl Freund, a German immigrant. The only films he ever directed were The Mummy and Mad Love, a horror film with Peter Lorre. Mad Scientist, dead hands creeping about… good times!

            http://www.1000misspenthours.com/posters/postersh-m/madlove.jpg

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cJSFkkfmOH4

          • Nychta

            I learned about Magnus Hirshfeld during the 90s. He was a forceful advocate for decriminalizing sex and those who have sex however they want.

          • Danieruw

            Gay when drinking are when the parties get really good!

          • iambu

            Never stop nerding!!! Silent films are so much fun!

          • greenmanTN

            Not something that comes up in conversation a lot though.

            A truly perverse BOOK and lesser so movie is Alraune, German for “mandrake.” The premise is taken from the old wives tale that men ejaculate when they are hanged and mandrake roots grow from the spilled semen. A scientist decides to do the ultimate “nature vs nature” experiment by impregnating a nymphomaniacal prostitute with the semen of a hanged killer, gathered from beneath the gallows, then raising her by nuns in convents. Tragedy ensues.

            It’s hard to explain, but a sense of palpable dread and moral sickness hangs over the whole thing, kind of like the Republican Convention!

            https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9a/Alraune1928poster.jpg/220px-Alraune1928poster.jpg

          • JCF

            If it got released in America, it was only “Pre-Code”, amitrite? [From that poster: I’m definitely interested!]

          • greenmanTN

            The code didn’t come in until the 1930s, so silent films were only effected by regional morality boards (mainly Catholic, the Mary worshiping pagan assholes) there wasn’t a set of rules. European films especially had drug use, homosexuality, etc.

          • iambu

            I am intrigued!

          • Bunter

            That’s Brigitte Helm, also famous as the golden robot in Metropolis, C3PO’s granny 😀

          • JCF

            “head Nazi in Casablanca”: what immediately came to my mind. Major Strasser! As in, “Major Strasser has been shot! Arrest the usual suspects.”

          • coram nobis

            Or,

            Major Strasser: We have a complete dossier on you: Richard Blaine, American, age 37. Cannot return to his country. The reason is a little vague. We also know what you did in Paris, Mr. Blaine, and also we know why you left Paris.
            [hands the dossier to Rick] Don’t worry, we are not going to broadcast it.
            Rick: [reading] Are my eyes really brown?

          • coram nobis

            That’s right, Veidt was fated to play bad guys (see, also, Thief of Bagdad) as well as Nazis, poor man.

            Major Strasser: What is your nationality?
            Rick: I’m a drunkard.
            Captain Renault: That makes Rick a citizen of the world.
            [all laugh]
            — “Casablanca”

          • Bunter

            Isherwood saw him at a gay ball at the Hirschfeld Institute: ““The respectability of the ball was open to doubt, but it did have one dazzling guest: Conrad Veidt. The great film star sat apart at his own table, impeccable in evening tails. He watched the dancing benevolently through his monocle as he sipped champagne and smoked a cigarette in a long holder. He seemed a supernatural figure, the guardian god of these festivities, who was graciously manifesting himself to his devotees. A few favoured ones approached and talked to him but without presuming to sit down”
            In Anders als die Anderen, he played the main gay character, the first openly gay character, shown in a sympathetic light. The film was made in 1919!!
            Veidt was decidedly anti-fascist. He married his Jewish wife/agent, and left Germany with her, even after Goebbels promised to give her an “Arian” certificate so that they both would stay in Germany. He was immensely popular as an actor, and risked it all by leaving the country.
            After that, Veidt immediately made the pro-Jewish Jew Suess film in England.
            Later he migrated to the US, where he was involved in getting the US enter the war against Germany.

            “Conny” was a sex symbol as a younger actor in Germany and made over 200 films.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c793765fff2959fd65839d5c06fa4fc5a6fa9a660bb71c58c86b3961845e359e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1ea82d3d579443cc7da4e38bd2c60ce010e0034ba449b3ef467914c757f919c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7bc011f52f2ef64a36c9fce06cd709d6e0385e69b09369bba939f4dee77deaa.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5fd3d3e523c31a59600aa6c3f6cc614f56c7bdad8b17c04e06ba56230c1a2b6e.jpg

          • greenmanTN

            Thanks!

          • Bunter

            You’re welcome! Here’s another quote for you, by Anita Loos:

            “Any Berlin lady of the night might turn out to be a man: the
            prettiest girl on the street was Conrad Veidt, who later became an international film star”

          • greenmanTN

            Though she didn’t write about Veidt, Louise Brooks wrote about that era in Berlin too, such as going out to lesbian bars with Veleska Gert, with whom she was starring in Diary Of A Lost Girl.

      • Raising_Rlyeh

        I love that movie

    • Nychta

      It’s only the 23rd and I’m already scared. Been scared and outraged since last November.

  • greenmanTN

    God help me, but though I have never had a Facebook account I’m considering getting one because I want to start attempting to sell artwork and other things online and several people have told me that’s where a lot of their sales come from. Can I sign up with a business name and not as an individual?

    Does anyone here have experience with online sales like that? Any advice?

    • Harveyrabbit

      Yes, you just need to sign up/register as a business and not a private individual.

    • Harveyrabbit
      • greenmanTN

        Thanks!

    • KnownDonorDad

      For what it’s worth, an artist friend of mine sells through etsy. Good luck!

      • Nychta

        My sister and brother-in-law are artists, and they sell on Etsy, too. Neither has a FB account. They seem to do OK without it.

    • Lars Littlefield

      I suggest you take a hint from Friday’s_cat and start by creating an email account under the name of Hugh G. Rexion. Then use that to create the FB account.

      • coram nobis

        I would suggest also Dwight Mannsberdan.

  • billbear1961
  • billbear1961
    • coram nobis

      Hi, Hun!

  • shellback

    I am so grateful that I have no idea what any of this means.

    • billbear1961

      It might as well be Ancient Greek.

      EDIT: At least THAT had real and lasting value, contributed to society instead of trying to undermine and DESTROY it.

  • Chris H.
  • coram nobis

    And now the NewsHour analysis.

    ANNOUNCER: The Patrician Broadcasting System is made possible by grants from the Palatine Trust; from the Dacia Mutual Investment Fund; from Pompey, Sejanus & Macro, a public-interest law firm, and viewers like you! Thank you!
    JUDY WOODRUFF: And now the latest scandal with Visagebook. For that story, we again have the analysis of former Gov. Pontius Pilate of the Plato Institute, and Livia Drusilla of the Aventine Center for Strategic Studies. Welcome all.
    LIVIA: Thank you, Judy.
    JUDY: So, Marcus Zuckerbius is removing false advertising from his Visagebook postings on walls all over Rome.
    PILATE: Indeed. First it was fake news, then the touting of Donald Caesar in the last elections, and now revelations that much of Visagebook’s material was supplied by the Visigoths.
    LIVIA: So first we get fake news about pizza parlors and children, up there on Visagebook for the plebeian class to have a little – giggle – then the Biggus Dickus scandal, and now we find it was all tall tales told by Titania Titmouse.
    PILATE: It’s too late to fix the damage. Hilarius might have been Caesar instead of Donald, if the votes in Numidia and Cisalpine Gaul had gone the other way, and Visagebook “likes” were a big factor — and it turns out to have been a Mauretanian Candidate scenario, it seems, orchestrated by Visigoth hackers.
    JUDY: Who were hacking and sacking our frontiers.
    LIVIA: Maybe future generations will learn from this. Certainly the Senate could benefit with more real news and less likes.
    PILATE: The Senate has even less likes than Donald Caesar, so it’s hard to say what good will ever come of this.
    JUDY: Thank you. And now for the latest on the economic situation, here is Paul Solmon in Achaea. Paul?
    PAUL: Thank you, Judy. The imperial governor in Athens, Pliny the Younger, has weighed in on the collapse of the Peloponnesian Central Bank and the possible Greek departure from the denarius zone …

    • Menergy

      Clever and funny! Thank you! Well done !

  • David in Tucson

    I use Adblock Plus, which gets rid of a lot of ads from an awful lot of websites. I allow very, very few sites through without any ad blocking. (Joemygod.com is one of those very rare exceptions.) I also use an add-on called FB Purity; it blocks all ads, promoted posts, and other garbage in Facebook. It does a whole slew of other things that help make Facebook a better experience for me. Of course, I block a whole slew of obnoxious users and pages that “friends” insist on sharing with everyone–“inspirational” glurge, jingoistic patriotism, obnoxiously religious, anything remotely racist, homophobic, etc.

  • iambu

    I choose to believe Joe’s post was rejected for being Too Hot For Facebook! Puritans…

  • Henry Auvil
  • TheManicMechanic

    I only use Facebook as a means to keep in touch with friends who use no other means or social media, and as an organizing means for a few groups. But the same way I filter advertising out of web pages, I block all the various feeds and sponsored crap from my wall and do whatever I can to filter the junk to get to the actual content. It saves lots of time and aggravation. Every now and then I turn off the filtering to see exactly what I am missing, and it’s a dystopian junkyard of bullshit advertising and questionable (at best) third party garbage. I can see how people inundated with this shit on a daily basis have a skewed version of reality.

  • wds

    I have no problem with “promoted” ads in my TL, is the overseas ones that aren’t labeled where they came from that I have issues with …