To My Surprise.

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.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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38 Responses to To My Surprise.

  1. It seems that on Facebook people are being jailed for any and everything. Trolls have become power hungry and petty with their complaints. I have friends that seem to always be getting out of jail for some one thing or another. I had a ‘happy birthday’ wish removed as offensive. There was no sticker, no meme, nothing but those two words.. happy birthday. I did appeal just to see, and a day or two later I did get a message that it had been returned and that its removal had been incorrect. I was still left shaking my head on how quickly they jump when someone cries without fully checking on the supposed offense.

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    • davidprosser says:

      It does seem to me that it’s more sense if they check the complaint before they remove something as like you, the innocent are punished without reason otherwise. Still, I doubt a sense of fair play will worry them too much. They must have a very wide list of offensive things if they could refuse to post this without even a complaint to work from.
      Huge Hugs

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  2. inavukic says:

    Oh dear, oh dear! The trouble with Facebook. It seems to me they only have humans that spy with a few machines that spin out at certain words etc and you got yourself blocked, cut off from commenting, your posts erased to smithereens etc and then only machines to “hear” your protest and no trigger word for them to sort your troubles any time soon. And, yes, no rhyme or reason many a time as to what it will let through and leave alone and what it will cut at the roots. Modern censorship with no face. Almost like Hannibal Lecter…will eat your brains out if you let it! Keep fighting the good fight David! Hugs!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Ah, so it’s machines that fear music is it Ina. I suppose I must seek out Robbie the Robot then for the original complaint. I don’t really care if I’m not on Facebook as I don’t care for Mr Zuckerberg’s politics but I’d at least prefer them to play fair and honestly.
      Hugs Galore

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  3. Léa says:

    How frustrating for you. I’m afraid that I have no experience with Facebook and don’t care to. Several people that I know have had FB but have chosen to discontinue only to find that FB doesn’t go away and continues to contact them. I really know nothing about it. All the best.
    Hugs

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  4. nedhamson says:

    Facebook is not actually moderating the complaints – they contracted the moderation out to another firm who uses virtual employees to which they assign more cases than they can handle. I assume, the way some manage their job is simply to accept all complaints as valid and then wait for appeals which may be assigned to someone else. If short, liars who attract lots of traffic are tolerated and they don’t bother to monitor trollers who mark all your stuff bad out of spite.

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    • davidprosser says:

      That’s a big surprise Ned though I suppose it shouldn’t be. I think what you say is also a fair assumption to make so I’ll have to wait and see if whoever deals with appeals can recognise that there’s no valid reason to ban my music posts even if they can find things in my other posts.
      Hugs

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  5. Suzassippi says:

    It is not at all surprising to me. In a moment of pique back in the mid 2000s, I deleted my Facebook account and have never turned back.

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  6. Clive says:

    What a strange way for Facebook to behave. As you say, it would make sense to check the merit of a complaint before taking unwarranted action in response, but I guess they’re too busy counting all the money coming in to be bothered about that. I’ve never had any problems with them, so does that mean that they like my music better than yours?

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  7. This just adds to the pile of reasons why I’m coming to the conclusion that Facebook is more dang trouble than it’s worth.

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  8. This whole social media censorship thing is confusing to me. All I can say is if Facebook thinks you are a bad boy they need some attitude adjustment.

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  9. petespringerauthor says:

    I don’t have that many gripes about Facebook other than the inconsistencies of what they deem “appropriate.” It serves its purpose, which is most people are there for photos instead of writing. That’s why blogging is a far superior method to communicate our thoughts.

    I appreciate all of the time you put into choosing your music, David.

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you Pete though I feel that my op-ed pieces also have time spent on them and have a value even if it’s only to let people know how one person views their actions, or sees the world as it stands at that moment. I generally only react when I feel someone is being treated unfairly and I’m perfectly open to criticism by opposing views. I’m lucky enough to still count as friends some whose views are diametrically opposed to mine but who, like me, are open to discussing our differences. To wipe off everything strikes me as overkill by Facebook without even a trial .I still have the originals on my blog but feel that sharing between different sites spreads my message as well as the joy of music and the memories evoked.
      Lovely to have you drop by.
      Hugs

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  10. jilldennison says:

    Ha ha ha … even your most outspoken political posts are pale in comparison to some of my rants, and yet while I’ve been banned from Twitter a few times, I’ve not yet been banned from Facebook (knock on wood). I suspect that somebody was pissed at you for some reason and decided to prank you by reporting your post, knowing that Facebook doesn’t actually moderate as they claim, as Ned says. In your shoes, I’d probably tell Facebook where to shove their entire site! I get, on average, 2-3 views per post from Facebook … not even worth the hassle of posting there. Wear the ban as a badge of honour!
    Cwtch

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    • jilldennison says:

      P.S. … I have posted most of your work as a re-blog and posted it onto Facebook, including the recent piece “Differences” and haven’t heard a peep from FB!

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      • davidprosser says:

        I didn’t hear from Facebook until I actually went to my home page on Facebook. They didn’t inform me my post was withdrawn. It follows that if they use buzzwords they would have found it on your kind repost and removed it from your site without notifying you.
        Cwtch

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    • davidprosser says:

      I don’t get many views or comments on Facebook either but I tend to post there for people like Yvonne who are regulars there.
      Cwtch

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  11. MELewis says:

    Hard to ‘like’ this post but I’ll take whatever option the technology gives me to show support. How can your music possibly offend? It is a source of delight to me to watch and listen to these many beautiful trips down memory lane. Must have been some Trumpet of a comment that got you into FB jail. Not a nice place to be and I do hope the bots come their senses and let you out soon. Bon courage and huge hugs!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you so much Dear Mel. I can accept someone being offended by one of my op-eds but I see no reason my music posts should be affected. And to refuse to allow todays post before anyone can see and report it is ludicrous. I’ll wait now for the result on my appeal but shan’t hold my breath if they’re short staffed.
      Hugs Galore

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  12. noelleg44 says:

    The powers that be at Facebook. Twitter and Google are drunk on their ability to control what we read and hear. These entities must be subject to some regulation, and I hope Congress will get about doing it.

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  13. davidprosser says:

    There are few enough entities that start your punishment before even telling you about it and before checking on your guilt. I’ve never claimed to have the best taste in music (apart from to my daughter and my grandson) but I’d dearly love an explanation of how every one of my music blogs has been deemed offensive. I wish Congress every success in bringing these sites down to earth and that all other countries follow suit.
    Hugs Galore

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  14. Sorry you got caught up in someone’s stupid game David.. it is such a cowardly way to deal with anything to sneak to the teacher and expect anonimity into the bargain.. half the problem is their ‘bots’ who are programmed to detect certain words…anyway.. I love your music posts and happy to keep sharing them… hugsxxx

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you kindly Sally. I’m a little cross that someone preferred to sneak rather than speak to me directly and say why they disagree with my pov. But most annoying is that the music posts are removed and today’s post wouldn’t be allowed on.
      Ah well, there will still be another next week.
      Ginormous Hugs

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