I first noticed it May 10th. I made a post on my blog and, as I always do, shot the link out to twitter and posted it for my small group of friends and family on Facebook. I posted the link using the Facebook iPhone app and it instantly appeared in my newsfeed. I then swiped down to refresh the feed and the post disappeared.
Thinking it was a fluke, I waited a few minutes and refreshed the feed again. Still not there. I navigated to my personal timeline, refreshed that feed, and the the link status update showed up correctly. This was proof that Facebook successfully received my latest post, but when I jumped back to the newsfeed there was still nothing.
I figured it was a fluke and didn’t worry about it too much.
The next day, May 11, I made two non-link status updates. They showed up on newsfeeds successfully garnering a few likes and comments.
On the 13th, I posted another link. This time the link pointed to Aereo rather than my blog. Once again, showed up in my timeline but not in my newsfeed. I had a few close friends (people who are either subscribed to all my posts or usually see all my posts in their newsfeeds) verify that this post was not on their newsfeeds either.
Between May 13th and today, May 17th, I have made four link posts (to three different domains) and three non-link status updates from both my mobile decice as well as my desktop computer. Every single link has been censored from mine and my friend’s newsfeeds.
I searched Google for people experiencing similar issues and found nothing. I sent Facebook a report of the issue on the 14th of May and received a generic reply a day later:
Thanks for taking the time to report this to us. We’re sorry to hear you’re experiencing an issue using Facebook. While we aren’t responding to every report, we may reach out to you for more information as we investigate this.
I have heard nothing since.
I’m not sure if my link posts have been somehow flagged as spam or if there is some other issue at play. Can status updates such as these even be flagged as spam? I’m a long time active Facebook user with a closed tight-knit community of friends. None of my posts or personal information is public, my privacy settings are tight, and all of my Facebook friends voluntary. There is no reason why any of my posts should be censored.
I use Facebook as a way to share my life and my blog with my friends, many of whom don’t use RSS readers, don’t keep up with blogs, and don’t follow me on Twitter. If anyone doesn’t want to see my links, they’re welcome to show “only important” updates from me.
It is NOT Facebook’s place to censor me.
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