Greedy billionaires run the country, and our lives. This was evident, recently, when I was put in Facebook “jail.” Of course, it happened when I was to be a guest on a popular Facebook author group’s page. I was released hours before my appearance, but was prohibited from promoting the event, and its promotions.
What horrible thing did I do, to have all of my Facebook accounts restricted, and to have my Home Page removed?
Someone had posted about how other countries are mandating mask mandates, and how the U.S. isn’t. I commented, “Americans are selfish.” Gasp! Bullying! Hate speech! Such a comment goes against “community standards.”
Excuse me, but what “community standards” does Facebook have? From my observations, Facebook posts are regularly laced with profanity, anarchy, animal and human cruelty, pornography, and more. I’ve been called a bitch and worse, without other parties facing penalties. My comment was, apparently, far worse than any of these.
If not for the friends that I’ve made, and the educational groups that I belong to, I would tell Facebook where to shove their “community standards.”
Preventing my access to my personal page is one thing. To freeze me out of my business pages is another. I have never posted personal comments on these professional pages, nor have I been “jailed” for any. Yet, Facebook is vindictive, and takes pleasure in harming one’s business and career. Yet, at the same time, they dare to pitch me on buying ads and boosting my past posts. I will NEVER spend another advertising dime with them. Actually, when I did advertise, I didn’t sell a darn thing.
Facebook exists to make money. Advertising and boosts that help their bottom line are all that matters. Viewership of business pages is limited, on purpose, so Facebook can sell you on reaching more viewers by paying them. When they switched my Nailah Dance page to a new format, my viewers dropped. I discovered that with the switch, Amazon reduced my viewers, and wanted to me to re-invite people. It dropped fans I had made through the years, in their quest for me to pay for viewer boosts for their profit.
Facebook is Big Brother. They are all about feeding their bottom line, and using their power to intimidate and control.
Instead of warning me, Facebook immediately put me in their “jail,” without recourse, or defense. They are police, judge, and jury. Facebook also brought up my two previous restrictions, through the years. One was for a benign comment. Another was a troll from an opposing political party filing a complaint. Thus, I have a Facebook rap sheet, a record. They use it to intimidate and threaten. When I accidentally pushed a “like” button, big red warnings filled my screen. I was reminded of my restrictions. On Messenger, I could not add attachments. I have no doubt that Big Brother is monitoring Messenger. One day, it will be a cause for Facebook “jail.”
Facebook is a powerful behemoth, using analytics and algorithms to police its members. They play Gestapo, and intimidate those who do not comply. Freedom of speech or expression does not apply on private, profit-generating platforms, disguised as a social networks.
I’ve decided to refrain from commenting on Facebook. They won. Silencing dissent. When I get ”jailed,” for wishing people a happy birthday, anniversary wishes, condolences, and the like, I will quit. Emoji’s will have to do.
Facebook may be a community, but it lacks standards.