You Won’t Believe What Facebook Suspended Me For This Time

shocked-facebookWell before dawn yesterday, the dog woke me up as he usually does. Apparently waiting for the sun to break over the horizon (before repeatedly licking their human’s face in order to go outside and do everything but use the bathroom) is a concept lost on nervous little canines. Half awake, I tapped the power button on my phone and went to see if any messages had come in on Facebook from my brother regarding my father who recently suffered a stroke. With a family that is spread out around the globe, Facebook chats are the easiest way for all of us to get important information like Dad’s current medical status.

This morning, my phone told me my Facebook account was temporarily unavailable and I needed to log in via a regular computer to restore access. For those of you who haven’t experienced this aggravation before, this is a sign that someone reported something you posted on Facebook and you’re temporarily blocked from posting for anywhere from 12 hours to 30 days – depending on some bizarre algorithm that could have only be designed by 2 dozen squirrels fed a strict diet of Red Bull and crazy pills.

So what was this horrible thing posted on our page that Facebook decided to make me pop open my laptop and log in to see? Nude photos? Violent threats against elected officials? Perhaps one of our profiles was hacked by a spammer who posted a meme showing some child with a terrible birth defect and telling people that Facebook would donate a dollar for every “like and share” it got? Nope. It was this completely non-offensive post from one of our admins.

Yes, let that sink in for a minute. We got suspended for 12 hours for a post that contained no nudity, no calls for violence, no bullying and no spamming. So what gives? As I have previously discussed, Facebook relies on an incredibly faulty system that uses automated reporting and outsourced foreign help that will suspend accounts based simply on an algorithm of the quantity of complaints received in a certain time period, regardless of whether or not the post actually violated Facebook’s “Community Standards.”

Take a look at those “Community Standards.” Did that post violate any of them? No, it certainly did not. Yet, Facebook constantly allows racist and sexist posts, along with images which exploit kids with cancer or wounded soldiers. They allow people to post comments which encourage violence against the LGBT community or the president, but a post like this gets the admins of a page a 12 hour timeout? Facebook claims to care about privacy, but yet they removed the ability for people to hide themselves from abusive ex-partners or cyber bullies?

Don’t get me wrong, Facebook has removed some incredibly offensive posts in the past, but they’ve also censored breast cancer survivors while at the same time allowing content far more objectionable to remain.  This incident is completely indicative of a prime example of Facebook’s reliance on faulty automated reporting systems, which can be abused and manipulated by organized liberal and conservative groups to silence voices of dissent. Mr. Zuckerberg, I hope you read this article. You probably won’t but if you do, consider changing your systems. If you want page owners or potential stock owners to spend money with you, allowing a fiasco like this to happen certainly does not inspire confidence in your product.


Facebook comments

  • Arik

    Unfathomable. Clearly someone at FB doesn’t want Malala to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

    • Pipercat

      If that’s true, they’re a day late and few semolians short. The prize has been awarded already. I wonder if the Taliban has been taking notes while watching Fox News…

  • Cheese

    So what did you actually say?

    • ziggywiggy

      follow the link…click on the blue highlight that says “this completely non-offensive post”

      • Rachel

        that link isn’t working for me

      • ziggywiggy

        it won’t allow me to post the link in the comments…LOL. it is a quote from Malala Yousafzai “I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees,” she said in the statement. “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”

      • ziggywiggy

        that is what got banned ^^, not a single thing in there that goes against FB community standards, wonder if that will get me banned too

      • Rachel

        Doubtful since you’re not actually posting on facebook right now. Thanks for the info. This is outrageous but I’m used to it. I’ve seen things far more tame than this get people in trouble.

      • Edward Krebbs

        THAT is the offensive post ??? When I think of all the hate mongering I’ve seen on facebook, this is so plain-stated and mild a post.
        I know facebook has been implicated in excess collaboration with both the NSA / government as well as providing information to commercial data resellers (as in your facebook friends being an influence on your credit score).
        So could your post be in violation of facebook as you didn’t provide your full name, date of birth, SS number, the numbers of at least 2 credit cards and your GPS coordinates ? (Hey, I know that is a paranoid idea, but it makes a whole lot more sense than the idea that the “this completely non-offensive post” offended anyone.

  • Karen

    how do you know why it was disabled when fb does not tell you the reason?

    • lj

      Did you look at the linked post in which fb tells them the reason?

  • ziggywiggy

    FB does not care, they have only made it easier for the worst types of people, some have multiple accounts allowing them to start hate/troll/pedophile pages and as soon as one is removed they open it again with a different name. Yet any organized group can mass report when they don’t agree with the politics and get something banned that doesn’t break the rules. FB can’t be bothered to stop child abuse(just add a “report child abuse” button), they spend their money on “graph search”

    • Bonita Ryan

      I’ve been locked out by this creep, yet he can post away to his hearts content, all of it vulgar. How do I contact Facebook? I’ve looked everywhere, I want this jerk to pay.

  • Liam

    Surprise! Facebook enforces its own special wacko version of “morals”.

  • Jeannie

    Sure glad it was only twelve hours. Yes, FB can improve (greatly).

  • Chris Ballenger

    This too shall pass. Facebook, like everything else, will see it’s eventual decline and will be replaced by something people simply like better.

  • clarkbennett

    Anyone can report anyone else for whatever reason or for no reason at all and have that account blocked without a real person at Facebook ever getting involved. It’s a numbers game.

  • omgwtguroxxormybbqsoxxor

    I reported that picture going around of a drunk fratboy wannabe hanging his bare arse in front of the tv strategically placed in front of the president’s mouth. And I received a reply from saying that it did not violate their community standards. I am not sure if a side view of an arse is actually considered nudity, but surely that picture was closer than what you were suspended for.

  • godlessveteran

    Posts I have reported for “credible threat of violence” are still pending review months later. Go figure.

    • Charles Glisson

      I gave up reporting threats of violence to Facebook, because they always replied back that it was not a violation of their “Terms”.

  • Bren Langdon

    Yet you get groups like Mr. Conservative that goes on and uses the N word like its water and the minute you say something about it YOUR account is frozen. Facebook is on the same path as Myspace. We will all move on to something later and greater.

    • Charles Glisson

      “That” is EXACTLY what happened to ME YESTERDAY!
      I denounced some “Hate Monger” who was posting insulting statements against Minorities, Women, and ANYONE FROM PORTLAND OREGON.
      The WORST “Thing” I said was that he must “Hate” his own mother. To which HE replied that he “Reported” me to Facebook. I “Gaffed It Off” and “Blocked” him, as did two other members who were tired of his postings.
      The next day, Facebook suspends ME for THREE DAYS!
      Never mind the times that I reported other members in the past for threats of violence against ME, only to be informed by Facebook that THESE THREATS were NOT a “Violation” of Facebook’s TERMS!

  • William Kendall

    Very well said- thank you. I have recently been suspended without cause- Facebook claimed I violated their terms of conduct in a remark- by Facebook for a week. That week was up last Friday, and I remain under suspension. The individual who flagged me- I am certain who it is, based on the comment that was flagged- has gotten away with saying things that vastly violated the terms of conduct, including calling myself and others terrorists, terrorist sympathizers, rapists, child molesters, and more. All because he would get called out by us for his deranged right wing views. In his mind, anyone who disagrees with his world view is an enemy that must be destroyed. I’ve reported him on several occasions, but Facebook never removed those remarks or suspended him.

  • Edward Przydzial

    i got banned for reporting a libelous bully… here:

  • Softballumpire

    happen to me last month and still… been temporarily banned…. its a bunch of bs

  • Nina Ricci

    same thing with me.
    i use fb to communicate with family abroad mostly – completely ridiculous.

  • EightPeaks

    I’ve been suspended for most of 2014 and most of 2015 with 30 day suspensions – the most recent offense being a meme comment I made showing a Confederate flag with a Nazi symbol superimposed on it flagged as hate speech. Meanwhile, on facebook, Confederate flags themselves fly freely.

  • Steve Librandi

    Too bad Zuckerburg’s parents weren’t gassed at Auschwitz

  • Ripley Sawzen

    You hypocritical piece of shit. You get outraged over your own posts being censored but not posts by the people you happen to not like? ALL censorship is a sign of the political elite trying to control what we’re allowed to think. The only thing Facebook should delete is illegal speech as defined by US law or the law of the country it was posted in.

  • denbeath

    I’ve deleted my Facebook account and moved over to Google+. Facebook has unfairly banned me for 24 hours over the same photo that they deleted twice, then after twice reviewing and finding no violations of CSP reinstated it… twice…and then deleted it again for the 3rd time plus banned me for 24 hours. Too much aggravation for me. Facebook is not the only Rodeo in town.

  • I’m looking to speak with anyone who’s been blocked, banned, suspended, or otherwise had any of their social media accounts impeded for various reasons — whether justified or not. Thanks!