Sunday, December 29, 2013

Facebook: Suspending & Blocking People for Violating Community Standards?

I have to wonder if Facebook actually employs people to monitor reports and accusations of abuse from users. Does facebook look at pictures or posts before they just remove content? From the many experiences I have had on facebook, the answer to that question is no. A few weeks ago I was blocked from posting because of 5 turkeys.. Not even joking! See this video below:
When I posted this picture, I was excited because I had not seen this flock for many months. I knew others enjoyed seeing them too, they live right in the city limits. I knew there was a problem when I was logged out automatically on facebook, they do that to you to get your attention. I immediately hit record, I've been down this road before. This fall I was blocked for posting a picture of the side of my butt. It showed less skin than the porn I found on facebook. No, Really.. I found porn! Well close enough to call it that, see for yourself!

The following is from facebook itself, have you read any of these before?

Facebook gives people around the world the power to publish their own stories, see the world through the eyes of many other people, and connect and share wherever they go. The conversation that happens on Facebook – and the opinions expressed here – mirror the diversity of the people using Facebook. To balance the needs and interests of a global population, Facebook protects expression that meets the community standards outlined on this page. Please review these standards. They will help you understand what type of expression is acceptable, and what type of content may be reported and removed.

Violence and Threats - Safety is Facebook's top priority. We remove content and may escalate to law enforcement when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety. You may not credibly threaten others, or organize acts of real-world violence. Organizations with a record of terrorist or violent criminal activity are not allowed to maintain a presence on our site. We also prohibit promoting, planning or celebrating any of your actions if they have, or could, result in financial harm to others, including theft and vandalism.

Self-Harm - Facebook takes threats of self-harm very seriously. We remove any promotion or encouragement of self-mutilation, eating disorders or hard drug abuse. We also work with suicide prevention agencies around the world to provide assistance for people in distress.

Bullying and Harassment - Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.

Hate Speech - Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.

Graphic Content - Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences and raise awareness about issues important to them. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. In many instances, when people share this type of content, it is to condemn it. However, graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site. When people share any content, we expect that they will share in a responsible manner. That includes choosing carefully the audience for the content. For graphic videos, people should warn their audience about the nature of the content in the video so that their audience can make an informed choice about whether to watch it.

Nudity and Pornography - Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.

Identity and Privacy - On Facebook people connect using their real names and identities. We ask that you refrain from publishing the personal information of others without their consent. Claiming to be another person, creating a false presence for an organization, or creating multiple accounts undermines community and violates Facebook's terms.

Intellectual Property - Before sharing content on Facebook, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights.

Phishing and Spam - We take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security. We also ask that you respect our members by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.

Security - We take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security, including those that use fraud or deception. Additionally, we ask that you respect our members by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.

What I can't understand is what (Community Standards) did I break by posting wild turkeys? Have you heard of any crazy things like this before? Any of your friends get blocked for stupid reasons? Everyone says I need to contact Facebook and ask them why.. I guess they have never tried before, I have and wonder if any BODY is actually there working... Obviously they must have actual workers there, but what is it they actually do? They need to start looking at the things they remove and helping restore accidental blocking. We know that will never happen.

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