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Thursday, August 22, 2019

A highly engaged group of conspiracy theorists can override a fact-based endeavor's internet ads. This was a lesson that Benedict Redgrove, a photographer, said he took away from his recent attempt to advertise his space photo project on Facebook and Instagram. ... About 24 hours after the ads were approved, he got a notification telling him the ad had been removed. He resubmitted it. It was accepted -- and then removed again -- 15 or 20 times, he said. The explanation given: He had run "misleading ads that resulted in high negative feedback." ... He understood that it was Facebook's algorithm that rejected the ads, not a person. Getting additional answers proved difficult, a common complaint with advertising on Facebook. The best clues he could find came in the comments under the ads, which he and his colleagues captured in screenshots before they were removed and in responses to other posts about the project: There were phrases such as "The original moon landing was faking" and "It's all a show," along with memes mocking space technology.

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It seems FB could have done a better job. But the brst part of the story was the last paragraph:

"An upside of all this, Mr. Redgrove said, was that when project supporters learned about the campaign to take down the ads, they took it upon themselves to advertise his project. With four days to go as of Wednesday morning, he was just $1,435 shy of his goal. "Flat earthers,'' he said, "got us a bigger audience.""

F' the flat earthers.

#1 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-21 04:41 PM | Reply

Losers they are.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-22 04:57 PM | Reply

Stupidity is on the rise. The overlap between flat earthers and trumpers is large.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-08-23 12:04 AM | Reply

Stupidity is on the rise. The overlap between flat earthers and trumpers is large.

#3 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

You forgot 'Climate Deniers'.

You are getting lazy. You make me sad!

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-23 12:06 AM | Reply

The Flat Earth Society forums are some of the funniest arguments you'll ever read.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-23 12:22 AM | Reply

@#5 ... The Flat Earth Society forums are some of the funniest arguments you'll ever read. ...

As are most conspiracy-theory-oriented sites.

Have you ever read any of the Q-anon sites?

Or the anti-vaxxer sites?

That's one thing that I view as a detriment of the Internet. It provides ignorance a distribution channel.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-23 12:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6 No, but I check out #4chan occasionally. very entertaining.

I love reading nutter rants for some reason. It's scary that these people mingle among us.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-23 12:37 AM | Reply

The Flat Earth Society forums are some of the funniest arguments you'll ever read.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism

You should read more arguments on this site. One moron claims to be so progressive that he supports trump because he's so angry at the dems for not being liberal enough.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-08-23 12:37 AM | Reply

I'm an indy liberal, Speaks. never claimed anything else.

I like some progressive ideas, not all. Some are just too unrealistic.

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-23 12:41 AM | Reply

@#7 ... It's scary that these people mingle among us. ...

What I find scary is that these people are in Congress (or have been in Congress).

Bachmann claims HPV vaccine might cause mental retardation'
www.washingtonpost.com

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-23 12:44 AM | Reply

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There is zero chance for sexually inactive girls to contract HPV.

Fact.

#11 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-23 01:05 AM | Reply

@#11

And your point is?

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-23 01:54 AM | Reply

And your point is?

#12 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Since Sheeple has never had sex he assumes it is a common state of affairs for everyone else.

#incel

#13 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-08-23 12:24 PM | Reply

I love reading nutter rants for some reason. It's scary that these people mingle among us.

#7 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Yet you support their choice for POTUS...

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-23 06:15 PM | Reply

I love reading nutter rants for some reason.

Pretty much the only reason anyone reads your posts.

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-08-23 06:18 PM | Reply

It looks like the rash is contagious.

#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-23 06:29 PM | Reply

It looks like the rash is contagious.

You should go get it looked at.

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-08-23 06:49 PM | Reply

There is zero chance for sexually inactive girls to contract HPV.

Fact.

#11 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Until they get married and contract it from their husband.

HPV is extremely ubiquitous.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-23 06:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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