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Facebook To Diamond & Silk — We Are Eliminating Restrictions With Your Page But….

Facebook reached out to Diamond & Silk on April 9th and explained to them why their page was restricted and also how they were restoring their right to apply to monetize.

But they also informed them it could happen again if they continue to use the material of click-bait status. Facebook started this shutdown last year, and it’s true they have attacked more conservative websites than liberal outlets, hence the rage from our side.

Over the past few days, you have seen Fox and Friends and Fox News try to play on the fact that Diamond & Silk’s page was banned as if they weren’t able to use it. The girls earlier in the week used race as a reason why they were being hit and that picked up steam online, but it was untrue as again, we are all being hit.

The Resurgent got a copy of the Facebook email to the girls which they have said they had not received and it went into length why they restricted them from buy ads to promote their Facebook page. Buying access is another thing Facebook desires content publishers to do so more people can see their page and material.

I choose not to because I am not rich and I don’t believe I should have to pay to reach my 400,000-plus who like my page when I didn’t pay for them initially.

Here is the email

From: Neil Potts Date: Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:46 PM

To: Subject: Facebook: Diamond and Silk Page

Dear Ms. Hardaway and Ms. Richardson,

First off, we want to apologize for having mishandled communications with you over the last six months. I can only imagine how frustrating this process has been for you. Moreover, the note you received last week was inaccurate and not reflective of the way we communicate with our community and the people who run Pages on our platform.

I wanted to explain what happened to your Page and identify specific steps to prevent a recurrence of these issues moving forward.

In September 2017, we introduced Monetization Eligibility Standards, providing clearer guidance around the types of publishers and creators that are eligible to earn money on Facebook, along with guidelines on the kind of content that can be monetized. This update applied to those using Instant Articles, Branded Content, and Ad Breaks.

We did not properly communicate these policies to you. As a result, you could not have known that the video content on your Page was not in line with our eligibility standards and did not qualify for monetization features.

We are eliminating the restrictions associated with your Page so that you can apply to monetize content. This will include the ability to apply to utilize products such as Branded Content and Instant Articles. As is the case for all advertisers seeking to run ads on our platform, each time you want to monetize your content, the content must be reviewed against our eligibility standards. We are here to be a resource to you in the future should you have any questions on monetization or content-related issues.

Separately, we understand you have questions about the audience reach for content posted on your Page. There are thousands of signals that get factored into how content is ranked in News Feed, and there are two issues, in particular, that are likely affecting your Page’s distribution:

  1. We’ve made recent changes to News Feed that affect the reach of public Pages. We updated News Feed to help people meaningfully connect with friends and family. As News Feed shifts to prioritize posts from friends, public Pages of all types are more likely to experience declines.
  2. We have had a policy in place since 2016 to reduce stories from sources that consistently post clickbait headlines. Your Page has higher-than-normal clickbait scores, which is another reason you are seeing reduced distribution. We’ve posted publishing best practices to which Page owners can refer to avoid issues like this.

Neither of these issues affect the personal News Feed Preferences that your fans may select. We know you have beloved fans who follow your Page and look forward to seeing your posts when they visit Facebook. They can mark the Diamond And Silk Page as “See First” to make sure your content appears towards the top of their News Feed every time you post something new.

We sincerely apologize again for the mishandled communications and are available and eager to connect by phone to review outstanding questions you may have.

Thank you, Neil Potts Product Policy, Facebook

A few more things. Their Facebook page has been available for everyone to see. As a matter of fact, they have increased followers and shares since Fox and Friends along with Fox News has gone public with this narrative.

I don’t think the girls understood the technical side of Facebook, so when they injected race into it or they said they were banned, they didn’t realize or look at the entire picture.

What are your thoughts about this?

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Wayne Dupree

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of WayneDupree.com. He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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