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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.

@aral
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

@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 The network has to be broken for a lot of this to change. Also groups get lazy and put everything on Facebook and don't realize how many people don't have it: blazeorange.ninja/articles/a-n

@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".

@aral
[Instagram does that as well.]
I guess log-in walls are becoming a thing now •-•
It's really sad that you are animated to trade your data by creating accounts for receiving basic information.

@aral
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.

@aral Yeah, this is so frustrating. Not only does it make it difficult for those of us not using Facebook, but it does exactly that, it holds businesses hostage.

Separate websites, with sites like linktr.ee to tie it all together, is a much better strategy.

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