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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Facebook: The New Guantanamo Part II

Those who like it when I get riled up, well, I’m riled up. This morning, as I published articles on Miss A and went to post links to them on Facebook, I was blocked from posting any links to Miss A from both on my Facebook profile wall, and from my Miss A Facebook page. I received a pop up with “Message Failed: This message contains blocked content that has previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error.” This was annoying in itself, but when my editors and writers told me that they couldn’t post links to AskMissA.com, I was shocked.

I used to post all stories published on Miss A to my Facebook profile Wall, but stopped several months ago, because Miss A has experienced tremendous growth and we are publishing more three times as many articles as we were a year ago. For the past several months, I have been posting links to all the articles on the Miss A Facebook page, and city articles to their respective Miss A city page. Facebook users opt-in to Pages, so I do not see how my posting links to articles on my website would be spammy or abusive. Doesn’t Facebook want people to create a community and utilize Facebook? Is there a limit to how many links a business or brand can post on their Facebook Page?

Why single out my website. Surely, there are millions more links to CNN, FoxNews, and HuffingtonPost.com on Facebook. Why is it that my website got blocked? What did we do that was so wrong? Why weren’t we at least given a warning of some sort? Fortunately, Twitter doesn’t seem to mind if I tweet the titles of my articles and post links. Isn’t a Facebook status update the same as a tweet?

This isn’t just hurting me. It’s hurting 200 writers and editors, 90,000 monthly readers, and all the small businesses and nonprofits we cover. For many readers, Facebook is a website you go to connect with friends and kill time until you can leave work. For some of us, Facebook is part of our work. Facebook can’t bait businesses to go to Facebook to do business, and then switch the rules. Unfortunately, freedom of the press doesn’t apply to Facebook. Just like Facebook can make you “disappear” like Guantanamo as I  mentioned in my previous article, they can also impede your business activities. It’s scary how much power Mark Zuckerberg has. One day, we may not have governments. One day, there may be a New World Order with Mark running the show. You may recall that this is not my first run in with Facebook. PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser interviewed me a few years ago when Facebook shut down my profile. I will let my readers know how this develops. Jeez, I feel like I need to call Gloria Allred about this discrimination. This is ridiculous.

 

– Miss A

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