Selling Trump on Facebook
Last month, QAnon prophesied that Donald Trump would “rise again” and reinhabit the White House on March 4. When that didn’t pan out, they amended their prophecy, this time with absolute certainty that their savior would return to power on March 20. Of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to have some fun with this:
I got a decent number of laugh reactions, and the post served as a nice way to advertise the launch of my Paypal contribution page (for anyone that would like to contribute to Think Weiss, but doesn’t want to buy me a coffee). Unfortunately, no QAnoners took me up on my offer. However, someone, or rather something, took my post seriously:
That’s right folks: Facebook thought I was trying to sell Donald Trump!
Now, I condemn human trafficking to the strongest extent possible, and, no, I am not currently harboring Donald Trump. But, I couldn’t resist the urge to click on “Try It.” I’ve never sold anything on Facebook, so I didn’t know what to expect. Any guesses as to which category Facebook Marketplace considers The Donald to be in?
Yep, according to Facebook… Donald Trump is something to play with. He’s the type of toy akin to hoverboards and lawn darts that should be taken off the market permanently. And, no, I didn’t post the listing. Pretty sure that would have gotten me thrown in Facebook jail… or worse.
This isn’t the first time Facebook’s algorithm has failed on me. I am not shy about my political leanings on social media. Yet, I’ve received ads for donating to Trump and dining at Chick-fil-A. One time Facebook suggested a frame for my profile pic that said “I stand for the flag, I kneel for the cross”. This one, so far, is my favorite:
One of my friends facetiously speculated that Facebook was trying to kill me!
Do you have a “Facebook Fail” story? Leave a comment!