Tuesday, 26 October 2021

8 ways to over-ride Facebook's censorship algorithm


As regular readers will know, the Another Angry Voice Facebook page has been having its posts hidden from its audience for over two months, based on ludicrous and unappealable accusations that links to facts and evidence constitute "spam".

Even before Facebook imposed these ridiculous and unjustifiable sanctions, the Facebook algorithm has been making Another Angry Voice, and a whole host of other independent left-leaning media sites, far less visible to their followers since 2018.

As a result of these changes to the algorithm, the vast majority of the 377,000 people who follow Another Angry Voice on Facebook never see a single post from it, from one month to the next.

Here are eight tips for trying to over-ride Facebook's censorship algorithm.

1. Weed: One very simple trick to improve your Facebook feed is to weed the pages that you follow. Go to your follow list and unfollow anything you’re not interested in any more.

2. Prioritise: Go into the "follow settings" on the Another Angry Voice page, and set it as one of your "favourites", this means you'll be much more likely to see AAV content in the future.

3. Reboot: (no need to do this if you did step 2). Go to your list of followed pages, then for any you particularly like Unfollow the page and immediately Follow again. This makes it look like the page is a ‘new interest’, which will give it priority in the algorithm.

4. Interact: Regularly interact with the Facebook pages that you particularly like (like, comment, share). The more you do this, the more you'll be shown their content in your Facebook feed. Even if it's just hitting the "like" button and leaving a one word/emoji comment on each post you see from them, this prioritises the page in your feed (I absolutely guarantee that no page owner is going to be annoyed at likes and/or one word/emoji replies).

5. Bookmark: Save the Another Angry Voice Facebook page as a bookmark in your usual web browser, and check in on it every now and then to see what the Facebook algorithm hasn't been showing you.

6. Backup: Follow the dormant AAV backup page Yet Another Angry Voice, which exists in case something happens to the main page.

7. Upgrade: Install the Facebook Purity add-on to your web browser. Then select the setting that over-rides the Facebook algorithm and allows you to see your news feed in chronological order. FB Purity is a truly excellent add-on, which dramatically upgrades the whole Facebook experience in multiple ways. There are a few other downloads that allow you to see your Facebook feed in chronological order too: Social Fixer is a browser add-on, and Friendly Browser is an app that works on mobile devices.

8.Diversify: Follow Another Angry Voice elsewhere (the blog and the Twitter account):

These tips also work for other Facebook pages that you particularly like. Add them as a 'favourite' in the page setting; interact regularly; bookmark them; follow their content on other platforms; and install an add-on to see your Facebook feed in chronological order.

I hope you find these tips useful.

If you have any other tips for over-riding the Facebook algorithm, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Tom (AAV)



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26 comments:

Black Flag said...

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

To Another Angry Voice

Mr Thomas! Thank you for the pointers, however I tried to post a peer website with peer reviewed studies on minimum wage raising unemployment and for some reason it keeps getting taken down when I post it in any of your Facebook chats below your posts?

Funnily enough it doesn't get deleted anywhere else ...

Anyway, here's the link:

https://minimumwage.com/

Scrotox said...

@Anonymous

Continually changing the subject to something not under discussion is a sign you may need to talk to somebody.

Anonymous said...

@Scrotox

Links being taken down after I post them ... isn't censorship?

Scrotox said...

A single link on a single thread of discussion being taken down for whatever reason is not the same thing as blog with 377k followers deliberately having its visibilty reduced by Facebook, which is the subject of this page.
Given your poor grasp of the idea of context, I can well imagine why you aren't having much success.

Anonymous said...

@Scrotox

It's still censorship tho, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

also @Scrotox

Hey, y'know if someone talks about the need for open discourse and peer review to be involved in said discourse to battle fake news an harmful opinion ... and then deletes and/or ignores peer reviewed studies that directly combat that opinion ... That's not very good is it...? Scrotox?

Anonymous said...

@Scrotox

Do you think minimum wage increases unemployment?

Just wondering.

;)

Scrotox said...

Context.

Anonymous said...

@Scrotex

Fascist.

Scrotox said...

I can hear you foaming from here.

Anonymous said...

@Scotox

It's a comments section mate. it doesn't have audio. That's just you.

Scrotox said...

We can add "profoundly unfunny" to the growing list of your character faults.

Anonymous said...

@Scortox

We can add to yours:
-Basically Keith Pratt.
-Hates the working class (if only they'd do what I say! Boo!)
-Narcissistic (think we've already established that one).
-Constantly thinks about what they'd do if they were in Stalin's shoes (I'd get it right!).
-Quotes George Orwell but doesn't realise the comparisons to his own way of thinking.
-Laughs with barely restrained contempt at the butt's of Frankie Boyle's jokes through gritted teeth.
-Bit limp in general.

Scrotox said...

Still.not.funny.
Then again, it's probably quite hard to come across as funny if you just alternate between fractured, disingenuous discourse, weak jokes and screaming the word "Nazi" at people.

Anonymous said...

@Scrotox

*Fascist.

Anonymous said...

@Scrotox

“Still.not.funny.” Ah the petulant cry of the fascist as he huffs and puffs with crossed arms and a scowl on his face.

“Then again, it's probably quite hard to come across as funny if you just alternate between fractured, disingenuous discourse,” You’ve still not addressed your distinct lack of peer reviewed data on any of the subjects we’ve been talking about. You're basically just trolling now. Your new format looks like you've given up.

“weak jokes” At your expense.

“ and screaming the word "Nazi" at people.” I’m drinking a coca with marshmallows in it mate, I’m quiet alright.

Also, it was ‘fascist’. Similar, but different things. I don’t think you’re trying to bring about the 4th Reich. I just think you’re a bog-standard socialist who wants to use the state to draw everyone else into your racist, middle class delusion.

Like when you said that black people need help raising their hand to speak. So. Racist.

Scrotox said...

Are you taking your pills with that cocoa?

Anonymous said...

@Scrotx
LOL. Only the fun ones.
Showing your true colours; troll x x

Anonymous said...

Yknow, the funny thing about all of this is; why not just look up the peer reviewed studies yourself? I mean ironically Thomas's blog would be devoid of a fair few articles if he actually put his imaginary app into action; minimum wage for example. Lol.

You pair of plums.

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