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Thieves of Joy

By: Dan Everett
Posted: September 12, 2020 16:35

Or: How Facebook took away one of the only good things about 2020

There's no doubt about it: 2020 has been a hard year. A pandemic is ravaging the globe, peoples stress is at an all time high, and live events have been cancelled worldwide. We've had a bit of a reprive, however, in the form of music. Various musicians have taken to social media and/or streaming sites to put on free concerts for their fans, since going to live events could prove to be detrimental to your health. (Just ask the people that went to the Sturgiss Bike Rally this year).

Well, it appears that Facebook decided that we were having too much fun.

As of October 1st, Facebook (and all of the companies owned by it) will no longer be allowing artists to stream on their platforms, citing that they're designed to 'bring friends and family' together, and not for musicians to be closer to their fans. 

The ironic thing is that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is primarily composed of nothing BUT so-called "influencers", not to mention countless other people promoting whatever they're being paid to promote. 

Facebook, you need to give your collective heads a shake. All we want to do is enjoy music!

Link to the original article here.

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