Facebook might be playing tricks on us. They’ve allowed us to edit comments and posts but we failed to look at the possible repercussions.
For those who are a bit careless, this is a bit of a development. Social media managers finally have a way of saving themselves from those typos.
You no longer have to sulk anymore when you happen to hit the “Enter” before realizing a mistake. With this new feature, all you need to do is click the upper right corner of the post and click “Edit Post”, then you can do the necessary changes.
But don’t celebrate just yet. It has its flaws, too. And it’s quite serious.
Facebook Warning Signs
Even Facebook hesitated about this feature at first. There is obviously a reason why they somehow delayed the launching of this said feature when they first introduced it two years ago.
It has the potential to be abused. A good, simple post could turn itself into a green eyed monster, because this feature comes with a view history option. All of the editing done on every post or comment can be viewed by everyone. No big deal? It can be, as in the case of Philippine Interior Secretary, Mar Roxas, and the blunder his social media team just made.
During the commemoration of the Zamboanga Siege, Roxas’ staff posted this little speech on Facebook:
“Hi, fellow veterans of the Zamboanga siege. Happy anniversary! Just wanted to take a moment and reflect and thank you for your leadership and commitment to the welfare of our people and country. Maraming salamat. Being with you all those 21 days has touched me indelibly. Know that our country stands strong and our flag flies high because of you and the men and women like you. We battle on! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.”
They said “Happy Anniversary” to mark a terrible event that happened where so many Filipinos died.
So immediately after committing the said mistake, Roxas’ staff when on to edit the post, minus the “anniversary” part, but netizens already witnessed the whole fiasco, and went to highlight the post’s history to prove their point.
The correction may have been done, but everything is not forgiven and forgotten. Facebook did not forget as well, so all the damage and the humiliation was reviewed, flaunted and reshared over and over again online.
The Final Solution
The best way to avoid such a fiasco is to completely delete the entire post and just repost it. This minimizes the potential of being ridiculed as in the case of Secretary Roxas. You can only get into trouble if someone took a screenshot of the post before you were able to delete it. At least they can’t go back to your page and view the changes and humiliate you repeatedly.
If you’re a business owner, and also managing your business’ social media, it may be hard to track any errors posted. After all, managing your social media page is not your only job. You still need to run your business. Get a reliable social media team that can take care of your needs and ensure that you never get into a possible social media nightmare. Ask us about it.