Facebook Clamps Down on Engagement Baiting

by | Dec 20, 2017

Heads-up people. Facebook is back to cleaning up their platform to demote people and Pages that have a bad habit of using engagement baiting to boost engagement levels for their posts.

Engagement baiting comes in the form of Vote Baiting, React Baiting, Share Baiting, Tag Baiting and Content Baiting.

According to Facebook, “Publishers and other businesses that use engagement bait tactics in their posts should expect their reach on these posts to decrease. Meanwhile, Pages that repeatedly share engagement bait posts will see significant drops in reach.”

Aside from the really spammy examples in the image above, many companies use these tactics to promote their products through continuous giveaways on their Facebook Page by asking people to Like a post, Comment to the post, and Tag three additional friends in order to have a chance at winning the promoted product. Obviously, these types of posts get the largest reach and response compared to standard content posts – for now.

Facebook’s goal is to maintain a good user experience for everyone on their platform, and most reasonable people would agree that demoting or eliminating the annoying “junk bait” from their News Feed is a good thing. What remains to be seen is if legitimate businesses are going to be negatively impacted by engagement baiting with their own products and promotions.

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A lifelong student of people and the art of effective communication, Jeff is a 20-year sales and media veteran. A storyteller at heart, he loathes interruptive advertising and prefers to educate clients through experience than hard sell. Married for over a quarter-century to the bride of his youth, he is blessed with four children and two grandchildren, and is more amazed by seeing the world through their eyes than his own. He is a proud member of the family of God (by grace you have been saved, not of works, lest anyone should boast), and the 1986 Rockford High School Tournament of Roses Parade Marching Band (alto saxophone). A lover of all Four Seasons and all things Outdoors, Alaska has been checked off the top of his bucket list and he now eagerly anticipates a dive with Great White sharks. #GoBlue.