For years, I’ve had our WebnerHouse blog set up so that when I published a post on the blog, it would automatically be posted on my Facebook page. On August 1, however, Facebook changed the rules. Effective on that date, third-party platforms like WordPress can no longer automatically post to Facebook pages.
Why did Facebook make that change, exactly?
Well, apparently because . . . it’s Facebook and it can do whatever the hell it wants. One website posits that the change was made to respond to the Cambridge Analytica debacle and is part of an effort “to remove re-sharing functionality for many apps . . . in order to limit the activities of auto-posting spammers.”
So, apparently Facebook lumps the WebnerHouse blog in with other bot-driven junk that has been filling Facebook pages for years. Hey, has Facebook actually read any of the WebnerHouse content? If they had, they would know that no bot or artificial intelligence could possibly come up with the dreck that poor readers find on our family blog. Really, it’s an insult to Russian bots, Chinese bots, and every other bot out there.
So now, if I want to put a post on Facebook, I’ve got to do it manually. It’s a pain, to be sure, but I guess it’s worth it to protect those Facebook pages from the Great Bot and Spam Invasion.