Facebook Has Suspended All Of Our Admin Accounts Because The Profile Picture On Our Unpublished Page Of A Turtle Turkey “Violated Community Standards”
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The bullshit with Facebook continues. We have a bunch of individual accounts that have access to our business pages as admins. We do this because in the past if a post was arbitrarily taken down by a mob then only the account we were signed in on was punished. And if that account got a 24 hour or 3 day or 30 day suspension, the other accounts could continue to use the page.
Well, apparently Facebook changed that setting. We just went to post the recent Joyner Lucas blog we published and I was forced to sign out of and back into my account. Just like every other blogger I got this message:
They removed a picture of a Rockwellian Thanksgiving diner in which the Turtleboy was being served instead of a turkey. Obviously this doesn’t violate any of Facebook’s “community standards.” Yet Facebook executives INSIST that human beings review these posts, and not robots. Here’s what executive Monika Bickert told CNN in March of 2016:
Bickert told CNNMoney that Facebook prioritizes the review of posts inciting physical harm — but all reports of violations are reviewed by trained Facebook employees. She said she often gets asked why the company doesn’t have its “world-class engineers” tackle hate speech “proactively and perfectly.”
So it was’t just a regular person who reached the conclusion that this picture violated Facebook’s community standards”
It was a “world class engineer” that reached this conclusion. This is the lie that Facebook is telling to the general public. A flat out, easily disprovable lie. Unless someone who works at Facebook could tell me which world class engineer was so offended by a turtle turkey, and explain how exactly that photograph violates the standards.
According to Monika Bickert Facebook receives well over a million reported posts a day. That was two years ago. It’s probably much higher now. Yet Facebook employs only 10,000 people. Assuming that 10% (it’s probably much lower than that) of all employees are hired to review posts, that would mean that each of the 1,000 employees has to review at minimum 1,000 reported posts per day. Once again, it’s probably much, much higher than that.
But whatever. We’ve been able to avoid this problem in the past by just using another Facebook account with admin control of the page. But we can’t do that this time because literally every single blogger got this message:
It clearly says, “it looks like something YOU posted….” But the people receiving this message didn’t post that image. Another blatant lie from Facebook.
In the meantime our bloggers have lives outside of Turtleboy. Some have side businesses in which they use Facebook to communicate with clients. That’s no longer possible because all of our pages are suspended for varying amounts of times. Only a couple can still post using our page, and that’s because we had them on as editors and not admins. They avoided a suspension that way somehow. The rest of us can’t post at all because we’re getting messages like this:
Oh, and the Turtleboy Sports page is just completely gone now too. Prior to this we could all still see the page on our own because we have admin control. It’s just gone now. Who knows if it can get restored.
If we were posting legitimate things that violated the terms and conditions we’d gladly take our medicine. But obviously this is a fuck up on the part of Facebook, and they can’t admit they did anything wrong because they’d be admitting to lying about having employees review these posts. They can’t admit that fucked up by giving into feelings and encouraging mobs of people to mass report anything they don’t like for “bullying.” They gave people the tools to mass report, and then they didn’t hire anyone or create the appropriate infrastructure to monitor it.
Look, does this suck? Yup. But at the end of the day it’s just a pain in the ass. Another obstacle we WILL overcome. The butthurt patrol thinks these are victories, but they’re not. Because all they do is make us come back stronger. Our glorious return will be that much more triumphant now. They can’t stop us because we will always have the only thing that matters – our blog. And you can always go directly to the blog. It shocks me how many people don’t understand this concept. We’ve been trained to click on links strictly through social media. That’s not how the Internet works people!
Anyway, please continue to send this story to as many media outlets as possible. This could happen to any page that Didi Delgado does’t like. It’s a big story that the world’s biggest social media site can be so easily manipulate.
A lot of people are saying, “Facebook is a private business, they can ban whoever they want.” Wrong. Facebook’s terms and conditions are a legally binding contract. If you follow their rules then Facebook cannot suspend you, or else they’d be the ones violating the contract. And obviously this does cost us money so they’d be liable for any revenue lost (which we can easily document).
People think we’re kidding around when we say we’re hiring a lawyer. We’re not. Our Worcester lawyer sent them a demand letter today. They have 30 days to respond, and in the past this has worked. However, they’ve also ignored our demand letters, and if they do so this time we will have no choice but to sue them. The problem is that it’s expensive because you have to hire a California lawyer to file suit out there. That’s stipulated in the terms and conditions. But sue them we will, and we will win. Because we’ve got them lying multiple times, violating their own terms and conditions, and denying you people news and us revenue.
More importantly Facebook has to ask itself, “Where are we going with this? What do we want to be?” Facebook works because it’s an amazing medium for people to exchange ideas, stories, news, and images. Facebook messengers is how I communicate with most people I know. Lots of other people are in the same boat. That’s why Facebook has become so big and successful. But if they continue down this path then no one’s gonna wanna use it anymore, because it’s basically owned and operated by SJW mobs led by cheesehogs like Didi Delgado.
P.S. If they try to tell us once again that a human being removes all posts, they’re gonna have to explain all of these ones too:
The last one’s the best.