A strange thing happened when I tried to do a Facebook “boost” for my new young adult novel, The Beginner’s Guide to Winning an Election. It’s a look at an Indiana high school presidential race in the year 2025, when the country’s economy has seriously deteriorated along with its polarized politics.
For two or three weeks the “boost” attracted a lot of interest, aimed at readers thirteen to thirty, until suddenly an employee or committee or watchdog at FB declared the novel “a political ruse” and suspended the boost.
We had to fight hard to get the decision overturned and the boost reinstated. I understand the company’s sensitivity to wiping clean the slate of its lazy oversight of political messages—this problem will be dogging them for some time, I imagine—but isn’t it the ethical thing now at least to contact the suspected party before unilaterally making judgment and lowering the boom? It’s something to which all authors and anyone on social media should pay attention.
Michael R. French
Michael French is a graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern University. He is a businessman and author who divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.