This is a petition I encourage everyone to sign.
Some dude named Chris Murray, who fronts a metalcore band out of Florida called Illuminate Me, has launched an appeal for signatures through this site.
The petition, which has 18,000 signatures already, asks Facebook to discontinue the practice of charging bands and businesses for access to their Facebook following — something I cited as a reason for my recent decision to throw in the towel.
See, when this site first launched, Facebook wasn’t this mega-corporation beholden to stockholders. They didn’t charge anybody anything and didn’t put restrictions on posts.
Sites like mine were able to grow, but now, you’ve gotta pay if you want all of the people who’ve actually elected to follow your page to see your content.
I don’t know about Illuminate Me’s music. I couldn’t be bothered to find out if its shit or the best thing to happen since Death. But this Chris Murray kid’s onto something.
“Facebook has raised its rates on bands and small business’s promoting themselves through their website several times over the last few years, asking to pay even more money to simply reach the audience the band or small business has already acquired. It’s getting to a point where it’s blatant greed and is unjustifiable. Bands like us for example (especially the unsigned ones) pay Facebook a hefty amount of money for an ad, just to get potential new fans to visit our page. On top of that now, we must pay a LARGE fee to talk to the fans already subscribed to our page. So we’re paying double on a service that we heavily rely on. It’s an exploitation of what bands need the most: communication with their fan base.”
He’s fucking right. Facebook has gone from something great that helped people to something ugly and vile, altered to drive up revenues. Facebook waited until it became necessary to start fucking people. It’s genius. Evil genius.
According to Murray, his band paid nearly $3,000 to Facebook in an attempt to increase their “likes” to 25,000.
I have not paid for a single follower I have, for the record.
Now, Murray says he’s gotta pony up $150 to Facebook each and every time he wants one of his band’s posts to reach all 25,000 people they paid for.
Let’s get some John Hancocks on this thing.
Who knows? Maybe it’ll do some good. Enact some change.
I doubt it. But maybe.
Oh yeah, and fuck Facebook in the face.
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