Is FB about to pull the rug out?

Sep 02, 2020 6:49 pm

There's a song by a band called Fountains of Wayne who are fabulous storytellers, that is called "Richie And Ruben."

It's about these two friends of the narrator who keep opening businesses saying, "we've got it made" but the narrator "still hasn't gotten paid."

When they talk about a bar they opened called Living Hell, for some reason it always reminds me of this sign that you can find on bars, pubs, and taverns everywhere.


This is what I immediately thought of when I read the new T.O.S. update from Facebook...

"We also can remove or restrict access to your content, services or information if we determine that doing so is reasonably necessary to avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts to Facebook."

This one sentence added to Facebook's Terms of Service means they can remove anything you post, advertise, or your personal and business accounts at any time for any reason.

This initially is in response to a new proposed law in Australia, but I think they see the writing on the wall and decided to just put in a blanket policy of "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

This is both very good and very bad.

The amount of false-positives that Facebook's security algorithms get is insane on the advertising side. If you mention anything related to real estate, don't even bother thinking your ad is getting approved without a fight. You also can't use words like "you" very often or mention any self-identifying information, or suggest doing healthy things are healthy, etc.

The good part is that there is a lot of crap on the Facebook/Instagram and maybe this will help clean up some of the garbage. And trust me when I tell you, there is stuff on there you don't want people to share. Illegal things. Scary things. Just trust me on this.

You may be asking me, "But Matt, who decides what is free speech and what is garbage?"

Well, now Facebook does. And really, people seem to forget that it's not "public airwaves" like radio or TV. This is a platform they built that people can use for free. People who agree to the Terms of Service, so they have every right to kick people out, just like your local bar can kick you out after drinking too many green beers on St. Patty's Day, or as service industry people call it, amateur drinking day.

*How to back up your things on Facebook or Instagram.

Note that it will take up to several days to get the backup if you have been posting a lot for a long time. My last backup took a week.

"New Facebook"

  1. Click  in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. In the left column, click Your Facebook Information.
  4. Next to Download Your Information, click View.
  5. To add or remove categories of data from your request, click the boxes on the right side of Facebook.
  6. Select other options, including:
  • The format of your download request.
  • The quality of photos, videos and other media.
  • A specific date range of information. If you don't select a date range, you'll request all the information for the categories you've selected.

Click Create File to confirm the download request.

From Instagram on a computer:

  1. Click on your profile picture on the right top of Instagram and click Settings or go to your profile and click .
  2. Click Privacy and Security.
  3. Scroll down to Data Download and click Request Download.
  4. Enter the email address where you'd like to receive a link to your data and click Next.
  5. Enter your Instagram account password and click Request Download.
  6. You'll soon receive an email titled Your Instagram Data with a link to your data. Click Download Data and follow the instructions to finish downloading your information.

Now go forth and be profitable!