Associated Press: Body parts from threatened wildlife widely sold on Facebook. “Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations on group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth. In a secret complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook’s failure to stop illicit traders using its service for illegal activity violates the social network’s responsibilities as a publicly traded company.”
Vice: White nationalist Richard Spencer’s pages just got kicked off Facebook. “Two Facebook pages associated with white nationalist Richard Spencer have been kicked off the platform. The outspoken white nationalist who coined the term “alt-right” and runs the National Policy Institute, had been operating in the open on Facebook. The National Policy Institute, which advocates for a white ‘ethnostate,’ had a page with 4,000 followers. Spencer’s online magazine ‘Altright.com’ also had a Facebook page with more than 10,000 followers. Both were removed Friday after an inquiry from VICE News about those pages and those of several other prominent hate groups.”
The Hill: Emails reveal Facebook tried to reach out to Diamond and Silk over changes: report. “Facebook reached out to pro-Trump vloggers Diamond and Silk days before the duo claimed that they had not heard from the social media company about why their page was deemed ‘unsafe for the community.’ Emails obtained by conservative writer Erick Erickson’s blog ‘The Resurgent’ show that the company tried contacting Diamond and Silk on Monday. Erickson also reported that the company tried calling them twice on Tuesday.”
CNN Money: The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake. “For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows.”
BBC News: Facebook bans Britain First pages. “Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards. Earlier this month, Britain First’s leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.”
Search Engine Journal: Goodbye Facebook Pages, Hello Reddit!. “I have been on Reddit since 2006 and the most common complaints I hear from many companies and individuals is that Reddit is too hard to participate in, looks too simple, or isn’t friendly to brands. Reddit isn’t harder, it’s more real.”
Back in June I wrote an article about Inoreader, and how useful it is for following Facebook Pages. While using Inoreader this morning, I saw that it is offering a Black Friday Deal: buy a year of Inoreader and get six months free. The “Professional” level, which I use, is $49.99 a year and includes 100 Facebook Pages (which is a big upgrade from when I wrote the article in June), Google+ feeds, Twitter feeds, IFTTT integration, and more. Inoreader isn’t paying me one dime for this. They do not know I am doing this. I am receiving no remuneration of any sort for this mention. I just happen to think Inoreader is an excellent tool – one that has reached the rare heights of my “daily use” toolbox – and I want you to know about it too.
I checked on viewing the Black Friday sale page while not logged into Inoreader and it prompted me to log in, so I took a screen shot of the specials and the different levels of accounts offered.