Last week, I shared a post on Facebook about an upcoming webinar I’m presenting on “Healing Inflammation Naturally.” Since reach on Facebook nowadays is dismal at best (with more than 15,000 followers on Facebook, I’m lucky if a few thousand of those actually see my posts), I wanted to be sure to at least inform the people following my page that I am offering this webinar, I attempted to “boost” it so that more people would see it in their newsfeed.
Usually it just takes a matter of minutes, or sometimes a few hours for an ad to be approved. I waited for the approval to come through. Then, this morning, I received these two responses from Facebook:
I’m sorry, but am I living in bazzarro world?! “The image being used in the ad highlights pain points…such ads make viewers feel bad about themselves” and “Ads should not single out individuals or degrade people. We don’t accept language like ‘Are you fat?’ or ‘Are you in debt?'”
We are living in a world where I’m not allowed to ask people if they are struggling with specific concerns because it might hurt their feelings??
I am ridiculously, utterly, blown away by this.
I was thinking about when Superman was at his worst health-wise. We were so desperate, so in need of help, if I would have seen a post that said, “Do you suffer from unexplained illness?” or “Do you have leaky gut?” I would have clicked and registered and been willing to pay anything to get help.
Are we really saying that we cannot promote a post that is offering to help people with specific illnesses?
This whole thing makes me realize our culture is trying to help everybody, and as a result, helping nobody.
So as not to offend someone (which obviously was not my intention), I can now help no one because seeing an image of a pain point may make them realize that oh, they actually have pain. Let’s just ignore it and pretend it’s not there.
Here’s the image I used:
And here’s the wording I used:
Did you know that depression, stomach pain, and fatigue can all be signs of chronic inflammation? Do you struggle with achy joints, neck pain, headaches, and/or other inflammation in your body? This webinar is for you!
Last month, this webinar was my most popular presentation EVER with more than 300 registrants! I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ways to manage my inflammation naturally–with healthy foods, specific supplements, and other natural solutions. Looking forward to seeing you there! Please register here (even if you can’t make it, register anyway so you get the replay link!): http://app.webinarjam.net/register/1948/d417096385
No outrageous claims.
No “sketchy” assurances.
Shame on you, Facebook. This is censorship in its purest form. Under the guise of being thoughtful and considerate, you are limiting the rights of not only people who want to help, but the people who need to be helped.
So, tell me: am I off my rocker? Does this seem as ridiculous to you as it does to me?