Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist.

Facebook Censors My Wall

I tried to post an article on my Facebook wall; the piece was a brief Boston Globe column about alternatives to the F-word when the F-word feels repetitive or obscene.  I commented that readers might also enjoy a different piece (from best of Cragslist, no less) about the “c-word” and told them they could find it on my Google shared items, but did not add a link.  In other words, I used no profanity nor did the Globe article.  And yet, Facebook would not allow me to post it:

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Since I couldn’t post it on Facebook, I just took a screenshot, posted it, then added the link in the comments:

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This happened to me in January during Israel’s attacks on Gaza too (incidentally, it also happened to friends with opposing views).  It would seem that any link is up for censoring, and in cases of spam or hate speech, I can understand Facebook’s justification (even if I don’t agree with it).  But given the tame nature of the Boston Globe piece, I can’t possibly understand how enough users could have objected to this article in order to have it banned!  And if enough users, in fact, did object, then I think we have a bigger problem…

2 Comments

  1. Try being a conservative posting articles of interest on FB. It’s like there are people there making it their job to “flag” things of a conservative nature. Nearly 50 percent of content i’ve tried to post recently has been censored/blocked. And none of it is profane in any manner.

    This is what happens when white liberals are allowed to “handle” freedom of speech.

  2. I think Facebook is getting too big for its britches. They need to realize that it is the many users that is responsible for their success.

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