Mike at the excellent Vox Political site has spotted a change to Facebook’s processes that means, whether by design or accident, that Facebook users are far less likely to see posts by their favourite independent, left-wing news outlets – unless they make a change to the settings that control their feeds.
Normally the SKWAWKBOX stats show a ratio of around four or five visitors via Facebook for every one via Twitter. Over the last few days that has dropped to around one and a half Facebook referrals to every Twitter visitor. Mike appears to have uncovered the reason why.
So, as a matter of urgency – both so you don’t miss your favourite articles and to make sure your favourite independent left-wing sites are supported as they need to be:
Go to the main Facebook page of each of your favourite outlets and change those settings to ‘see first’. The SKWAWKBOX’s Facebook page is here.
Then please share this article to your contacts – on Facebook and on Twitter – so everyone knows to do the same. Whether it’s incompetence, unintended consequences or by design, Facebook will keep your favourites out of your sightline if you don’t.
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