Some of you may have followed our Facebook hacking incident last week. It was quite traumatizing for us–the Professor Is In FB page (which has over 110,000 followers) and my personal page were both hacked by a bad actor who removed all of us as admins. Luckily only one problematic post was posted, and after we and 100s of our FB fans alerted FB, FB restored the page with Verena (but not me!) as admin.
I am relieved at my own quick thinking to make our Verena Hutter a fellow admin the instant I started seeing signs of problems because then Verena was able to restore me as admin under a new FB account that i launched, as my old personal one remains disabled. Supposedly this is because I “went against community standards” for posting the Zoe Leonard poem, I Want a Dyke For President.
So for now, we are back in business on the FB page.
But, I remain locked from FB advertising, which is the ONLY advertising our business does. So the impact to our business is massive. Seems that we’ve been caught up in FB’s horrible new sweep, described in yesterday’s NYT.
And, the whole ordeal was unbelievably distressing.
And only drives home to us the true evil of Facebook. Aside from its dedicated attack on American democracy, it is also basically non-accountable to its members. There are NO personal ways to seek redress. We are completely at their mercy. (One of my fellow postac small business owners had the same experience just this month)
So, we have put some remedies into place.
- First, we have launched a Professor Is In page on the woman-owned and non-evil Mighty Networks.
Right now we are running both MN and FB simultaneously, while we build the MN audience. It’s over 1500 already, after just one week! If your immediate reaction is “oh my god I literally cannot handle one more platform”, I feel you! I was there as well last week. But I took a deep breath and dove in, and I have to tell you, it’s a nice platform, it’s intuitive and easy to navigate, and YOU ARE DOING YOUR PART TO SAVE DEMOCRACY BY LEAVING FB! Please do join us.
2). We are asking EVERYONE to please sign up for our email newsletter. And to share this request with your TPII-following friends.
Join the newsletter here:
Here is the shareable link to subscribe that you can share: http://eepurl.com/gakpP
We have actually run this newsletter, which I named The Truth Zone (lol), for about 8 years!
But due to my technological impairments, we never actually told anybody or actively sought subscribers. We are correcting that now because only the newsletter allows us a non-hackable means of communicating with you all!
And now that I’m locked out of FB advertising, the newsletter is our ONLY way to reliably alert you to events such as webinars. (this is because evil FB actually uses an algorithm to suppress event announcements unless businesses pay for advertising, which I am now prevented from doing.) And as incentive, for the next four weeks we will do a weekly drawing amongst new subscribers for a signed copy of Karen’s book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your PhD Into a Job.
We promise that the newsletter provides only value, never nuisance. Please rest assured of two things:
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When live webinars are happening, you may get the newsletter 2x a week. When live webinars are not happening, approx 1x a week or 1x every two weeks.
OK, that’s it. Thanks for reading this far and sticking with us through this stressful (for us) transition. To summarize:
- Our FB page is back but we are seeking remedies for the vulnerabilities it carries.
- We have a new page on Mighty Networks that will provide a safe alternative. it’s already up above 1.5K members
- We are asking everyone to please subscribe to our email newsletter. We are doing a weekly drawing among new members for a signed copy of Karen’s book, for the next month.