As some of you may be aware, Facebook has started enforcing it's ban on animal sales. This has created a great deal of stress in the goat world because a huge number of us marketed our animals through our Facebook pages (personal and business) and through the Facebook groups. I had the honor of being interviewed by Goat Journal, so I thought I would share what I wrote here as well.
In addition, it has made being an admin for a Facebook group much more demanding. I’m an admin in five livestock-related groups. The expectation now is that I will closely monitor all interactions. Should the group be found in violation of FB policy, it could be closed. Some of the groups that I am in (besides the ones I administer) are incredibly valuable in terms of sharing knowledge between experienced breeders. It would be a huge loss for them to be shut down. However, given the large size of the membership of some of these groups, finding and deleting all unauthorized sales posts can be challenging. There are always those members that don’t follow the rules. I don’t have the time to monitor my groups, so to avoid risking Facebook penalizing me, I’m seriously considering closing those groups and migrating them to MeWe.
Q: What will you do now?
I’ve already completed my first step in my action plan. To avoid any action against my Facebook business page I went through all the goat groups that I participate in and deleted all sales-related posts that I could find. Hopefully I didn’t miss any. Then I did a search through my business page for sales-related posts and deleted those. This may take a while because the page has been active since 2011. I’m sure that there are posts that I’ve missed and I really can’t risk having my page shut down. Even without sales, it’s a powerful marketing tool.
Marie-France Orillion, Ph.D.
Welcome to my blog! I am a retired researcher/university administrator. Since I'm a bit of a workaholic (my other addiction is sugar), I've embarked on a second career as an elementary school teacher. When I'm not working I enjoy playing with my goats and my gardens. This blog is a place where I reflect on what I've learned along the way.