Fuck Facebook. And, fuck Facebook for trying—and failing miserably—to be something it’s not—a public forum for free speech.
I recently was sent to Facebook jail for the fourth time over the course of four months—this time for a full week. Sure, I’m bitter about it, but what I’m bitter about is how I have such little say in the matter. How I can’t give anyone feedback on how my comments have been taken out of context and aren’t nearly as horrible as walking into a theatre and yelling, “Fire!”
All for the sake of FB’s “community standards.” Fuck FB’s community standards too.
On the surface, Facebook’s policies regarding hate speech, violence and all those things that are truly horrible make sense, but it’s staff full of overly-sensitized millennials, too-smart-for-its-own-good software/robots makes for one big pollyanna court of law. They should be making judgement calls about bad speech at tennis matches and croquet games rather than general public discussion.
Take for example my comment to Chaznee Zeller—a local-yocal mouth-breather in my hometown who chimed in on my feed. When defending some disagreement about President Trump’s stupidity and arrogance, I shot back with the following: “Well, if you put it that way, I suggest you stop acting like a mouth-breathing MAGA lemming.”
That landed me in Facebook jail for 24-hours.
Then today, I commented on Wyoming Senator John Barrasso’s (a.k.a., “Barrasshole”) feed calling him a “corporate-owned whore” for criticizing and lying about President Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill. Fuck “Barrasshole” too.
In this case, I think the Facebook artificial-intelligence (a.i.) robots and their not-ready-for-the-real-world supervisors just got it plain wrong.
Despite all of Facebook’s intelligence and efforts to be ultra civil and righteous, apparently one can still send a private message to someone else that is life-threatening and none of Facebook’s speech police will detect it while there appears to be no way for the receiver to report it either (none that I’ve discovered thus far).
After a local called me a name in an Facebook discussion group, I returned the favor calling her an equally vulgar name. Not long after, her husband (Charles Miller, a retired Army dude at that) sent me a private message with the following: “Tyree, you got the fucking nerve to call my wife a cunt, I will be asking around and will find you, then you’ll be spending some time in the hospital and not for covid.”
So, go ahead compare the two forms of speech and ask yourself, who should really be in Facebook jail (or a real jail)? And, by the way, I was not flagged or jailed for the back-and-forth of that particular discussion.
My other two comments that got me in trouble were the following:
Context: U.S. Senator John Barrasshole’s Facebook page. In a post where he was boasting about the second-round, lackluster relief package that just came out regarding Coronavirus relief, I simply chimed in with the following: I hope Kamala Harris tracks you down in the Senate and beats your arse—as you deserve.”
My other offense was just like the one above involving Charles Miller’s wife except it wasn’t nearly as vulgar, but must have been reported (is my guess). Again, after being called a name, I simply returned the favor saying: Sandra Kay Burden you are a stupid and ugly American, period.”
Simply put, Facebook is a sandbox where you’re not permitted to get any sand on anyone.
So, go fuck your own face, Facebook.