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If you’re using facebook you may have noticed that this very web site has been blacklisted. It is no longer possible to link to it from facebook, and all existing links have been removed. The Datacide page on fb still exists, so it’s not that Datacide per se has been banned. But when you try to set a link it claims that the site “violates community standards” or that it “includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive” (depending on how you try to set a link you get either of those “error” messages). The latter suggests that it’s the result of a campaign, and not a mistake by fb’s AI as we initially assumed. But this is speculation – no reason or cause has been given by facebook.

Links to datacide-magazine.com on facebook have been blocked for several weeks now – we and a number of people have filed complaints/error reports, but unsurprisingly these have been ignored by facebook. It’s a crass example of an intransparent and unaccountable Behemoth exercising censorship.

How bad is this for us? 

An analysis of the our site’s referrers shows that “only” 14.1% of referrals are from fb, the vast majority is from search engines (67.5%). The rest is made up from Twitter (2.6%) and all other web sites combined with 15.8%.

However, when new material is posted on the site, social media do drive a large section of the immediate readership in the short term, while search engines and links from other web sites are more responsible for long term traffic. 

In the meantime we will not only use twitter (https://twitter.com/noise_politics) more, but have also set up a telegram channel https://t.me/datacide. Please follow/subscribe! And share our content to your own twitter and telegram followers and contacts!

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