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Facebook Censorship

Sunday, March 2, 2008 1:23 pm Leave a comment Go to comments

In response to nameless faceless agents of Facebook removing some of Imogen’s photos, Imogen wrote that:

I have recieved two warnings in my email about removed pictures. I was sure I had checked and removed any pictures that were offensive, but ok, I accept there may have been more pictures that I did not find offensive, that maybe your moderators did.

I have logged in, clicked the box to accept that I have recieved the initial warning, only to find this message revealed afterwards…

“Your behavior indicates that you may be in violation of Facebook’s Terms of Use. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here “

But there is no mention of what behaviour this was ? and no way of finding out ? Without this information, how can I (or indeed anyone) be expected to moderath thier behaviour ?

Can you tell me what, apart from posting the removed pictures, I have done wrong ?

I enjoy using facebook, and wish to continue as a member… But this kind of ambiguity makes it rather tough sometimes.

Thanks in advance.

Imogen Jyame Mann.

Imogen has a point. If we are supposed to operate within a certain range of behaviour on facebook, perhaps it might be a good idea to qualify and quantify what that behaviour is. If there are photos, language, images and other content that is unacceptable – how is that defined? What is the acceptable range? Imogen has no way of knowing what, if anything, she has done wrong.

Er…could it be because she is transgendered, hmmm? Let’s just say they are hardly being straight with her to put it wryly.

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  1. Monday, March 3, 2008 9:45 am at 09:45

    From what I’ve seen Facebook has an act first ask questions later policy. People can “report” offensive content and if one of the online lunks who polices these reports thinks it might be offensive to someone… somewhere… then it’ll get the boot. Safest way to keep your content up is likely to set most of your profile to priavet, except to friends, and then keep anything that some douche might consider “offensive” out of a “limited profile”. You can choose who can only see a limited profile, and only offer certain parts of your page and certain photo albums to these people.

  1. Sunday, March 2, 2008 2:59 pm at 14:59

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