31 October 2015,
Organic Traffic

news-feed-fewer-hoaxes-report-a-story-as-falseBefore you read another word, go over to Facebook and post a disclaimer saying that Facebook is forbidden from using your photos and text for any reason at all. Otherwise, they’ll take your life, make a book out of it and sell it for a profit and you’ll get nothing.

And while you’re there, make sure you forward that post with the letter from the sick little girl. She’s been fading for the past ten years but every time you share that post, she gets a little bit healthier.

Crazy. At least P.T. Barnum made money off of his suckers. What are Facebook hoaxsters gaining from their efforts? (And by the way, Barnum never actually said those oft quoted words.)

It may seem like Facebook hoax posts are harmless but they are doing damage to your social media marketing campaigns. How? Because they take up precious space on everyone’s news feed, pushing your posts off the page. They also annoy people to the point where everything that comes after is forgotten. Seriously, Facebook hoaxes are ruining your business!

And that’s only a partial hoax. . . .

But here’s another mixed message. Facebook’s blog post is titled “News Feed FYI: Showing Fewer Hoaxes” but when you read on, Facebook clearly says they won’t be removing any hoax posts from your feed.

We are not removing stories people report as false and we are not reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy.

What they are willing to do is add a disclaimer to the top of posts that have been reported as false.

news-feed-fewer-hoaxes-hoax-story-exampleThat should stop people from spreading the rumors. . . if they read the notation and believe it. If enough people stop believing in fairies. . . I mean Facebook hoaxes, the post will be flagged and Facebook will slow its distribution.

Do your part. Click the drop down on offending posts and report any and all hoaxes instantly to the proper authorities. The news feed you save, could be your own.

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