ELLIOTT STONECIPHER: FOLLOW-UP TO WEDNESDAY’S MESSAGE


Not even the most avid readers of my Facebook-posted articles could have expected what happened when I shared my day-before-yesterday piece.

I am writing this follow-up Message to let everyone know just how much we have learned.

To put all of this in context, just over a decade ago, I set-up this Facebook page for a specific purpose: share what I had learned about public corruption, especially in my Shreveport hometown, over my decades-long career.

To accomplish that, this work had to be done purely as a public service … without one single penny of compensation. Not one penny.

I well knew this fact: work for which I was in any way paid was just one more target corrupt actors could work to hit.

(The rule applies as well to local businessman Will Broyles whose “RealShreveport.com” website posts my articles as they are first posted here on Facebook. I cannot thank Will enough.)

In time, I learned how and why the Facebook platform could work toward accomplishing my objective. Obviously, that conclusion depended on Facebook in no way censoring my work in furtherance of its own (hidden) objectives.

Now, with 5,000 “Facebook Friends,” and a practice of responding to each Comment posted, this effort now requires an extraordinary amount of time …

… this year, not unlike previous years, I have researched / written and responded to reader Comments on 72 articles … 8 per month … 2 a week. (Each is posted on RealShreveport.com, as always.)

In my “Message” of two days ago, I included some of the “Like” counts on my most recent article posts. In short, an article with 300 or more Likes is rare, but notably worthwhile.

When my recent, second article about Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins’ failed $35,000,000 loan ploy triggered only 12 Likes in 19 hours, it seemed clear that something on the Facebook end had blown-up … some sort of censorship.

Thus, my “Message” of two days ago.

The response was both stunning and revealing. Here are details and four takeaways:

1. In the first hour after I posted that Message, FB Friends responded with 279 Likes … a veritable flood. Now, as I write this …

… Likes on that Message total 778 – double any previous post, triggering 530 Comments.

2. Many of you who posted a Comment clearly confirmed my suspicion: almost no one was aware of the subject Perkins article. In record numbers, readers simply had no idea it had been posted.

3. I thank those who have explained understandable solutions (if fairly applied by Facebook):

(a) Set this page up as “See First” which Facebook explains this way: “When you select a person or Page to see first, their posts appear at the top of News Feed. The person or Page won’t know you selected them.”

Here is that link: https://www.facebook.com/help/1188278037864643

(b) Or, of course, check my Facebook page or RealShreveport.com to see if / what I have posted.

4. Somehow, some way, someone knowingly suppressed the readership of my subject Perkins article. I do not believe that article is the only one.

I have no doubt that what we would call “censorship” by Facebook and/or others has cast a cloud over my simple, critical objective when this work began …

… to communicate my articles to readers who care.

© 2020 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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