Talking to my daughter yesterday, I asked whether she knew any of the songs on my latest music post. I know she normally follows my blog on her Facebook page so I was a little surprised when she said she hadn’t seen a post. She signed into the main blog and went through the songs. She said she didn’t know them until she actually started playing them when familiarity dawned and she realised they were all songs she’d heard me play when she was young. As she’s in her forties now that’s a little worrying.
But, I decided to visit Facebook when I got home to check my page and see if there’s a problem. There is, and I couldn’t help but laugh when I found out why. First I checked how many post were missing and after going back quite a way I stopped counting. Apart from a couple of opinion pieces, all my music posts were missing too. I went to my blog and tried to post them again one by one. One by one I received the message that Facebook would not accept them as someone had complained that the content was Abusive or Offensive. Now I know my music won’t be to everyone’s taste, but abusive or offensive seemed a bit strong. I don’t even complain if someone posts Rap music, Heavy Rock or Punk.
So, back to Facebook. I’ve never been in Bad Boys jail before, even on Twitter and believe me I’ve been known to use strong language on there. I didn’t even know Facebook took action on posts given that they’ve carried so many pro-Trump lies there and I know there must have been complaints. It took something horrific before they stopped carrying his quotes but have still carried on allowing the QAnon pro Trump pieces. Anyhoo, I’m in trouble and Facebook threw a few options at me amongst which were, accept it or appeal. I ticked the appeal option expecting to be given the chance to state my case. NO, I’m told that someone will read the pieces in question to see if the complaint is valid. Anyone apart from me think maybe that should have been done when the complaint was made? Unfortunately because of Covid19 there’s a shortage of staff so they can’t say when this will be done.
My guess is that someone was offended by my op-ed piece Differences from Sept 1st. Fair enough, I was offended by the piece which prompted me to write my answer. I’m so easily offended by blatant lies you see. But if that’s the case, why not remove the offending piece and leave the rest alone unless of course someone is so petty that they complained about everything so they could get their jollies. Since they must have access to my Facebook page why not just tell me what they have a problem with and perhaps argue their side. It won’t be the first time I’ve had to defend my opinion and even had to concede a point or two.
So, for the near future at least Facebook is unlikely to be showing anything of mine and I may have to rethink my taste in music. I wouldn’t want to upset any delicate little flowers on any future outings. And if it is the op-eds causing such an upset, they should remember it’s just my opinion and they can always tell me if they think I’m unfair. People do. Doing this though makes them fair game for anyone who disagrees with them.
Have a great week, almost on the second half. Keep Hugging.
I just tried to send this to Facebook and this message popped up on WordPress.
Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.
That’s not bad, I wonder what the abusive content is now.