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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Facebook says MSN and The Guardian write obscene stories
Today I woke up like any other day. I took a shower, made coffee and sat down to check on what new form of censorship facebook was going to impose upon our Facebook page and me http://bit.ly/TerraCottaInnFBPage
To my amazement, facebook deleted our facebook page in the middle of the night. We had over 11,000 likes.
Why? Because of a link from MSN that I posted 21 months ago. That is correct, 21 months ago. The link was almost 2 years old. Facebook sent me an e-mail in the middle of the night saying that my post of the MSN link was obscene. That means Facebook is telling the world that they have to protect Facebook followers from MSN's obscene stories by deleting the link and me.
Does Bill Gates know MSN writes obscene stories? What is even more amazing is after 21 months, the MSN link is no longer active, so you couldn't even read the original obscen story even if you wanted too.
This came on top of yesterday my getting a warning and a deletion of a post and link from The Guardian. Again Facebook said that we violated community standards and posted obscene material. This is The Guardian link: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/fashion-blog/2013/nov/27/naked-truth-nudity-among-over-50s
Apparently The Guardian writing about people sleeping naked in bed is extremely obscene. They wrote, "There was another thing that prompted this train of thought – a YouGov survey apparently shows that 21% of people aged 60 and over wear nothing in bed, compared with 6% of 18- to 24-year-olds." Further the Guardian dared to upset social mores by showing a picture of a man's bare shoulder getting a tattoo and a woman's bare shoulder.
In January, Facebook banned me from posting for 30 days for sharing a a nudist cartoon saying it was pornographic. I appealed 3 times and never heard back from facebook. Now a friend posted this SAME cartoon, had it deleted, appealed and facebook agreed with him that it was funny and not pornographic. What gives?
Facebook says we violate community standards. Who's community? MSN is one of the most popular websites on the internet. Obviously they thought the story they wrote was newsworthy and did not violate community standards. And The Guardian is one of the most respected newspapers in England.
Sometimes it feels like facebook is out to get nudists. Maybe we should all wear tin foil hats everytime we power up our computers to see if our accounts are still open?
I am in very good company. Here are examples of Facebook censorship:
Facebook says they don't allow the promoting of violence and hatred. Yet, they allow sites such as "I hate Israel" and "I hate America." these are still up. Facebook found itself recently having to explain why it had censored images of women breastfeeding yet allows beheadings to remain on its network.
Time and time again, Facebook has demonstrated startling double standards in what it chooses to remove and they block and ban first without contacting you. Back in Jan 2011, film critic Roger Ebert's Facebook page was disabled because of allegedly “abusive comments.” A number of Facebook users had flagged his page as “abusive” after he wrote a tweet critical of Ryan Dunn, an actor who died in a drunk driving accident. If it wasn't for the fact that Ebert was famous and wrote about this, he never would have gotten his FB page reinstated.
The New Yorker Magazine in Sept 2012 had their facebook page temporarily banned by what they called Nipplegate. An artist used two dots for nipples on a female cartoon character. This was enough for facebook censors to ban them. Of course when the New Yorker wrote about this banning, media around the world covered the story and Facebook was a laughing stock. They had to publicly apologize to the new Yorker. Here's the link to this story: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/cartoonists/2012/09/nipplegate-why-the-new-yorker-cartoon-department-is-about-to-be-banned-from-facebook.html
Do you remember when facebook had to publicly apologize for banning a photo of a dolls nipples? http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20010205-71.html
Or how about in March 2013 when Facebook censored an art piece on the Facebook page of the Jeu de Paume, the famous Paris Art Museum. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57572905-71/facebooks-breast-police-censor-famous-art-museum/ As CNET wrote: "Some might find that describing Facebook's policy toward breasts as lunacy would be insulting to lunatics.
The company explains that it is merely a medium like any other and therefore follows certain standards.
Yet the amount of sheer hate which Facebook allows on its site -- the company defends it as "free speech" -- might boggle certain reasonable minds and certainly wouldn't grace The New York Times.
From Holocaust Denial groups to "I Hate Those Indian Muslims Who Love Pakistan," the company insists that it may personally find such groups repellent, but defends their right to express extreme views.
Yet a highly respected museum is unable to post precisely the sorts of images that highly respected museums house on a regular basis."
Finally you can see the "pornographic" picture of Mary Clare in front of a computer. This picture was deleted maybe 3 years ago and my account was deleted shortly there after. I am on maybe my 3rd or 4th facebook account. Why? More bare skin is shown on prime time TV than in this photo. Obviously this photo is NOT pornographic.
People say Facebook is a private company. If you don't like their weird, unevenly enforced censorship rules, just go somewhere else. And increasingly, people are abandoning Facebook in droves. But, Facebook is a monopoly. With over a billion members, Facebook is the place to go to when you want to make public comments.
Saying "if you don't like Facebook, don't use it" is like telling Rosa Parks, if you don't like sitting in the back of the bus, then walk or start your own bus company. Not realistic or practical.
Facebook is the place to be. They have a responsibility to free speech. What they allow and censor does matter as there is no alternative quite like them. They hold an important place in everyday society. They help shape the world around us. They have a duty to protect free speech, not censor what they don't like.
And promoting violence instead of human beauty is one of the worst affronts to society.
And in case you think our nudist resort Terra Cotta Inn is some sleazy operation. In November, 2013 we received a Best of the Valley award from our local newspaper, the Desert Sun for being the Best boutique hotel in the whole Palm Springs, CA area. This is on top of the Los Angeles Times newspaper writing a 2/3 page feature Sunday travel article about us in December 2012. We are a very wholesome business. I am even a past president of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce.
My advice to Facebook is unless something is deemed to threaten life, contact the user before deleting. Give them 48 or 72 hours to respond. Give them a week to respond before deleting their account. And answer your customers. I have sent in countless appeals to facebook over the years and only ONCE did they respond to me.
Sadly, now I'm forced to have to show how facebook treats small businesses (and yes I have advertised with them). They should be ashamed of themselves for saying MSN and The Guardian violate community standards and write obscene stories.
Facebook, please give me my account back and stop using a magnifying glass and censoring my account all the time.