Me trying to view upcoming events to see if I want to book at a local venue.

I guess not.

(Folks, don’t let Facebook hold your businesses hostage to their surveillance. Not all of us are willing to be tracked by Meta, Inc., for the privilege of patronising your establishment.)

@aral I simply assume these people made a choice to not sell to people like us. Same as I made the choice not to buy or consume stuff of people that exclusively do business on Facebook and other Meta crap

You got a decent business? Then you got a decent and REAL website!

@paillp It might be but I don’t think that’s the common reason. It’s a combination of limited resources and Facebook being “free”. This is a small, local venue.

Agreed. Ignorance of the implications of doing business via Facebook is another common reason. With that in mind, contact the venue and explain the issues. It might be a revelation for them.


@paillp @aral In my experience, Facebook makes posts visible only to FB users by default. People have to take an extra step to make it publicly-visible, and often don't realize it.

@aral I just had this same issue!

It's in FB and I can't see it without an account. Preposterous.

@aral I never understand why businesses think this is ok. Sure it’s free and easier than running your own website but they lose customers like me who don’t want an account.

@aral I'm just amazed everytime I see a company trusting their business to the hands of a third party like FB

@aral Thats f*cebook for you. All for the sake of keeping ppl "safe".

I'm a librarian and this is SUCH a pain in the ass when it's the only place to get information about a place. I refused to use my personal facebook at work or make a professional one, so looking around the "sign up!" banner makes things so much harder than it should have been.

Contains a mind-bogglingly bad take. 

@aral Saw today someone say there's no point "wasting money" on government websites for informing people since "they can just use Twitter".
As a cherry on top this was in the context of security since a Finnish government website has been targeted by a DDoS attack run by Zhadnost.

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