Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Macedonian Publishers Are Panicking After Facebook Killed Their US Political Pages"

The removal of roughly three dozen pages owned by Macedonian publishers is a result of Facebook’s push to rid its platform of spammers, fake news publishers, and others who violate its terms of service. But it’s also a reminder that no one really “owns” a Facebook page, in spite of how much money they might spend growing it. And while Facebook did not specifically target Macedonian publishers, the removals may have been in part a result of a strategy executed by a small group of American publishers who told BuzzFeed News they grew tired of having their content stolen by Macedonians.

“Macedonians refused to stop stealing my material,” said Christopher Blair, who goes by the online handle Busta Troll and runs,