Facebook Claims It Flagged Texas GOP Post because it was ‘Clickbait’

NewsBusters | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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Facebook punished a Pro-Life post by the Texas GOP because it supposedly was considered “clickbait.” Republicans are not convinced.

The Texas GOP Caucus on March 17 Sunday posted on Facebook about the “Texas Born Alive Infant Protection Act.” Facebook flagged the posts to reduce their reach, and alerted the caucus that “Your ad’s text (or text in image) was flagged because it could be a negative experience.” When Dallas News reached them for comment, a spokesman from the social media platform said that the company flagged the material because “we have increased our efforts to reduce what we call clickbait or engagement bait.”

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Sen. Paul Bettencourt was not convinced, saying that a previous video the caucus shared on March 6 had not been flagged for using similar language. He told Dallas News via text that Big Tech has double-standards. “The real problem with Facebook rules is that they are inconsistently applied” he said, explaining that “Thus, within a week, a Republican caucus post on SB 2, the Property Tax Relief Act, using 'share' in a post isn't labeled a ‘negative experience’ and restricted by Facebook, but the ‘The Texas Born Alive Act,’ SB 23 is.”

He added that "Facebook claims these rules changed in...
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