I admit, I'm not your biggest fan user.
Oh yes, I have an account with you and I do pop in to visit now and again. I don't, however, spend much time with you.
I have other, bigger, social media outlets.
For instance, I love Twitter!
I've made some great "real life" friends on Twitter.
Not only that, but Twitter has allowed me to get to know some of my 24 readers and for them to get to know me.
Twitter is also the new Google.
I ask Twitter questions and I get (fast) answers.
And of course, in addition to Twitter …
There's Twenty Four At Heart.
My heart and soul are here on 24. You might say I have an intimate relationship with my blog. Who knew this little ol' space could become such a huge, important, part of my life? Twenty Four At Heart is, in many ways, my soulmate.
Maybe that's where the problem came in, Facebook? Maybe you're jealous of my other relationships loyalties and decided to pout and make my life miserable?
Please let me know when you're over it, and ready to resume a more positive relationship.
Suzanne/Twenty Four At Heart
You can imagine my surprise when I stopped into Facebook for a peek the other day and was told I'd been reported for linking to "abusive content."
Um, what the hell?
With a little more digging, I was told someone had "reported" Twenty Four At Heart for containing "abusive content" and I was notified I would not be allowed to link to my own blog again.
Now, let's think for a minute …
What would be "abusive content" on Facebook?
Well, an example might be a male pedophile posing as a 12 year old girl and then using Facebook to lure young girls to meet him. Certainly, I can understand Facebook shutting someone like that down. Lying about who you are, and representing yourself as something you're not, would be considered abusive content.
I was shocked, absolutely floored, when I began researching Facebook's procedures on reports of abusive content.
If someone reports another Facebook user as abusive, Facebook just BAM! shuts the accused person/website down. Facebook apparently doesn't CHECK to see if the content by that user is, in fact, "abusive." Facebook just assumes there's a reason to censor the person, and does.
There is no way to "appeal" the situation if someone reports you for abusive content.
Let's look at a hypothetical example …
Let's pretend I'm a Money Town woman and I absolutely hate that damn chick who writes Twenty Four At Heart. After all, she makes fun of people like me. I have plastic boobs, veneers for teeth, a butt implant, a chin implant, cheek implants and enough botox injected into me to last a lifetime. I make Heidi Montag look like a novice with the number of plastic surgeries she's had. I tell Facebook Suzanne is posting abusive content, and BAM! she can't link to Twenty Four At Heart ever again. I'm a liar and a bitch – but Suzanne can't do anything about it so I win. (I've just put her in the same Facebook category as pedophiles!)
Can you imagine how much power this gives to General Asshats, friends/relatives you've had a falling out with, or your exes? Anyone with a personal vendetta against someone else can create Facebook chaos for you very easily.
I went to Facebook's "Help" link to find out how to correct a bogus report of abuse.
"If you believe there is no abusive content on the specific website you are trying to post, unfortunately, the web domain that hosts the website has already been identified as abusive."
I'm not convinced the above sentence even makes sense?
The meaning, however, is clear. You can't do shit about a report of abuse, even if the complaint was completely unfounded. Someone cried "abusive content" and therefore, you *must be* responsible for abusive content. Just like that, you're banned from linking on Facebook.
Of course, I was very pissed off at this point.
I researched further by googling people who have experienced the same thing. I read reports from other Facebook users who were falsely accused of abusive content. I learned Facebook sometimes arbitrarily removes the restriction without notice or explanation. (The same way, as a matter of fact, they begin censoring their users.)
Sure enough, about 48 hours later my account was restored back to normal.
Is it because of the rant I let loose on Twitter about the situation?
Or did my rant have nothing to do with it?
Did someone look into the situation on my behalf?
I will never know.
I do know, however, this is a Facebook policy that MUST be changed. The way accusations of abusive content are handled right now is wrong on so many levels.
In fact, I think all Facebook users need to be aware of this situation.
I'm going to go put a link to this blog post on Facebook right now.
I wonder if Facebook will censor THAT?
© Twenty Four At Heart