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Facebook thinks I'm a dodgy character!

NO, REALLY, THEY DO! Some of you will know that I am active on a couple of Facebook Groups which share links to articles/posts written on a variety of sites from Niume to BlogSpot to the personal websites of several authors and also to an international travel magazine which I have written a few articles for.

Just about all of these Facebook Groups have a rule that if you drop a link to one of your own articles then you must share a link to another writers' article or post (dropped by them on that particular site).

Not only do I follow this rule I actually exceed it by sharing several links to other authors' work every time I visit a Group - even if I don't drop a link of my own. I share these links to four places: Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon and Pinterest and, of course, I leave a comment on the Facebook link to let the author know that I have shared their work.

The thing is I have been using exactly the same wording every time I do this. It goes like this: Shared to FB, G+, Stumble, Pinterest . I use this exact same wording every time and this has, apparently, led Facebook to think that I am a spammer! For the past couple of days I have been able to leave this wording on a link only twice during a session online. If I try to leave a third exactly the same comment Facebook blocks it and give me an error message to the effect that ''That facility has been temporarily suspended'' or words to that effect.

I have managed to get round this by varying the wording of my comments and never using the same wording twice in a row. I can see the logic in this. Facebook is detecting that I am leaving the exact same comment multiple times - and that's precisely what many spammers do. It's nice to see that Facebook is on the ball in this respect at least - even if it is a little inconvenient for me.

Has anyone else come across this?

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MegL wrote on October 13, 2016, 5:28 PM

I tend to write something different each time, so haven't met this. Very good to know, for future reference, thanks.

VinceSummers wrote on October 14, 2016, 7:50 AM

No. But then I never use the same words. Only because I never thought of it.

Kasman wrote on October 14, 2016, 3:21 PM

I reshare many links and, to save time and my typing fingers, I copy and paste the same notification on each link. This must be what alerted Facebook.

Kasman wrote on October 14, 2016, 3:24 PM

I'm not talking about a comment on whether I like that particular article or not but a simple statement letting an author know that I have reshared their article and which sites I have shared it to. Since these are always the same four sites I saw no need to vary the wording - but now I know better!

MegL wrote on October 14, 2016, 4:32 PM

Maybe set up a swipe file (in a simple text file like Notepad) with variations on your preferred notification. Easy enough to pick one and paste.

alexdg1 wrote on October 14, 2016, 5:57 PM

Hi, Bill!

Nope. This doesn't happen to me, but that's probably because I don't put "reshared to" headers when I share links to articles or other neat Internet tidbits.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 6, 2016, 11:18 AM

I don't spend a lot of time on Facebook. For personal reasons. I do understand how redundant comments could be seen as spam.

Kasman wrote on December 8, 2016, 1:49 PM

I don't spend a lot of time there either and the only reason I have a Facebook account is to share the work of those authors I find interesting or useful. I NEVER put any personal information on FB!