Facebook Says It Flagged Texas GOP's Anti-abortion Post Because It Was ‘clickbait'

AUSTIN — Facebook penalized a post promoting an anti-abortion bill in Texas because it was considered "clickbait" or "engagement bait," according to a company spokesman.The Texas Senate Republican Caucus posted an ad to the social media site Sunday promoting the "Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act." The bill, which is being carried by Brenham Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Plano Republican Jeff Leach in the Texas House, would require doctors to provide "appropriate medical treatment" in the event that a fetus lives through an attempted abortion.But the ad was flagged, according to caucus chairman Sen. Paul Bettencourt, "because it could be a negative experience." Bettencourt took to social media to complain, tweeting, "Why did @facebook flag and limit this pro-life post/picture for possibly causing a "negative experience"?!? There is absolutely nothing distasteful about this post!"  Continue reading...

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