There's been quite the rumble on social media about Meta's new guidelines towards certain demographics and their ban on using targeted ads.
As you can read here, Meta is taking a huge step forward in limiting the ability of occult practitioners from advertising their services on their platform. From the article, here is the list that won't be allowed to do ads:
...starting January 19, 2022, we will be removing some Detailed Targeting options because they relate to topics people may perceive as sensitive, such as targeting options referencing causes, organizations, or public figures that relate to health, race or ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, or sexual orientation. Examples include:
Health causes (e.g., “Lung cancer awareness”, “World Diabetes Day”, “Chemotherapy”)
Sexual orientation (e.g., “same-sex marriage” and “LGBT culture”)
Religious practices and groups (e.g., “Catholic Church” and “Jewish holidays”)
Political beliefs, social issues, causes, organizations, and figures
While all are harmful, of particular interest to occultists is the third example: "Religious practices and groups."
This includes alternative religions, which occult practices fall under. So, if you read tarot for a living or sell occult literature, you're going to be SOL on Meta platforms (i.e. Facebook and Instagram) if you rely on traffic via advertising.
This heavy-handed censorship is just going to get worse on all these platforms.
It is important to remember that you do not own the platform, so if they say your business is against the rules, you can kiss any income goodbye. There's little doubt that soon you may be forced completely off their platforms for "safety reasons."
So, how do you combat this?
Simple really. Leave. And take your community with you.
And no, I'm not talking about shifting to a new social media platform or starting a Patreon.
It's time, once again, for the occultists to go back to their origins as independent operators. Get your brand on its own website. Use social media for what it is... a tool to get organic growth, a funnel, not a community hub.
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So, I'll be on GoDaddy hosting? Why shouldn't I just go with GoDaddy?
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We've seen, repeatedly, by using the corporate platforms of others that we can be easily silenced. Decentralization of platform is key to walking around the corporate desire to control.
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