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.
If you check your Facebook page, you may see a posting from someone in the Facebook universe reporting that Jackie Chan, the likeable martial arts action hero, died while filming a stunt for a new movie. According to the posting, he fell twelve stories in the mishap, and you can watch a video of the failed stunt.
Relax, Jackie Chan fans — it’s a hoax. Chan has dealt with these death hoaxes before, and is alive and well.
Why would someone engage in such a sick hoax?
In this case, it’s not just some disturbed individual. Instead, its part of an elaborate effort to get your personal information. If you’re a Jackie Chan fan and you click on the link, the spammers can access your Facebook profile page and post things on your timeline — which means your Facebook page could, in turn, be used to scam your Facebook friends.
It’s appalling how many people are out there, thinking up new ways to try to defraud people and using the good name and popularity of people like Jackie Chan to achieve their illicit aims. It bears repeating: be careful what you click on. If something seems interesting, run a Google search first. It could save you from fraud issues in the long run.
As for the spammers and their ugly, twisted ilk, I’d like to see Jackie Chan have a few minutes of kung fu fun with their faces.