Sunday, February 21, 2021

Facebook banned us!

Update (25/02/2021): We're back online! 🥳

Update (23/02/2021): I can no longer view any of the Facebook page content despite being an admin. 🙁 Asked a friend in the US to check and they could still see it all -- so it looks like it's still fine internationally but not in Australia. However, the news ban is set to be lifted in the coming days, so fingers crossed that all the banned pages (including ours) are back up soon.

Original Post:

I'll try to keep this short and sweet because we're a Bon Jovi blog, not a media blog. But long story short, Blame It On The Love's Facebook page has been blocked in Australia.

Basically, Facebook has reacted to the Australian Government's proposed News Media Bargaining Code by imposing a blanket ban on news content in Australia. That includes blocking news links from being shared and the removal of all content on Australian news pages.

Unfortunately, many non-news pages have been incorrectly taken down as well, including charities, community groups, health and emergency services, and small businesses. The disability organisation I work for has had its page wiped and is waiting to hopefully be restored. They're not alone.

And as I mentioned at the top of this post, Blame It On The Love got caught up in it too.

As far as I can tell, everything on our page shows up normally for the rest of the world, and I can still post to the page as an Australian-based admin. I've put in a support request so hopefully it will be sorted out soon.

But in the meantime, I wanted to fill people in on what was happening. Our Instagram appears to be unaffected, despite Instagram being owned by Facebook, so that's good.

Anyway, I suppose it's a good reminder of the pitfalls of being too reliant on a social media platform. "I Believe" might have alluded to that if it were released now... 

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