Facebook is playing an integral role in the Occupy Movement, but activists are being hampered by Facebook's policies, regarding posting on Pages. In a statement made by Facebook, when their spam filter had a glitch and disabled a number of accounts of activists:
We want Facebook to be a place where people can openly express their views and opinions, even if others don't agree with them.
Facebook is supposed to be all about sharing, as their present mission is:
Giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
The only problem is, Facebook doesn't want you sharing too much, on other pages walls, which they define as: something that could be annoying by making spammy and irrelevant posts on Facebook Pages. Which, is in line with the terms of agreement: It is a violation of the Facebook Terms to repeatedly send the same message or to make the same post as it may be construed as spam or harassment.
But what if you are postings to relevant content, on pages relative to the content being posted? If you are sharing content that people & page administrators are liking & sharing, then it should not be called spamming or annoying behavior. Also, it has been reported that some trolls will go around and mark relevant posts as spam.
I propose that Facebook modify their policy regarding making frequent posts to pages walls, for pages classified among the following: cause, community, political, nonprofit, media, public figure, and entertainment categories, and that an individual, or a page that is classified as a cause or community, can post as much as they want, and that it should be up to just the administrator(s) to police their page and block anyone they find annoying (don't allow non-administrators to report a post as spam). The reason for including public figures and entertainment categories, is that they may support certain causes/issues. Facebook could still block or remove pages if the administrator is posting true spam for commercial purposes or posting harassing or irrelevant content and being reported by administrators.
The posting of content on other pages is the equivalency of putting up a poster or flyer. Some pages choose not to allow people or pages to post to their wall, but if they allow links, then that is an invitation to share on their wall and many pages will gladly share content they find relevant (and give you a compliment to boot).
*This Petition is an excerpt from a Guest Post at AllFacebook.com:
Another commentary piece on the situation of trolls who mark relevant content as spam or inapropriate:
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