My “vacation” from Facebook

31 Oct 2013 11:15 pm
Posted by: Donna

Facebook is a highly popular private site where over a billion members post everything from cat photos to political screeds. As such, it is their right to determine what gets to stay on their site and what doesn’t. So when they decide that a page calling for the murder of a woman doesn’t violate their “Community Standards”, as they did here


…I guess it doesn’t violate those standards, since Facebook says so.

What might violate those standards? I found out the other day when I tried to log on and was told I couldn’t because I had violated Facebook’s Community Standards. What monstrous thing had I posted? This:

facebook removal

Wow. I’ve been on Facebook since 2007 and, as anyone who has befriended me on the site knows, I’ve posted some salty things. For some reason, this comment was the bridge too far. Minus context, the harshest interpretation of it is that I’m telling David that I hope his wife divorces him, neener neener. In which case, is this the worst thing you’ve seen on Facebook? Worse than calling for a woman’s murder?

But here is the background: It was a discussion on a political page about marriage equality. “David” was making the libertarian argument that government should stay out of marriage entirely. His post:

I am appalled that my Wife and I have to beg the Government for permission to marry.

To which I responded:

Your wife won’t be appalled if you divorce, David. She’ll have some protection that she might not have in Libertarian Utopia.

For this I got over 24 hours of suspension from even viewing my page (which was supposed to be 12 hours) and then another several hours of being blocked from posting or commenting on any posts, in which time I was expected (according to the verbiage of the alerts) to contemplate the gravity of my infraction. Which was telling a guy his wife would have rights if they divorce. I suppose Facebook would have been happier had I suggested he murder her?


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  2. Comment by sad on November 2, 2013 11:24 am

    Facebook smacebook. Avoid that trendy crap.

  3. Comment by Laurel on November 12, 2013 1:10 pm

    Yes! Finally someone writes about facebook contemporary
    community standards.

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