On being a social media repeat offender:
Hmm, another day, another case of sheer idiocy from the faceless folks at Fakebook. These guys are such a joke. As I have said before, it seems in order to get a job there – and with most of the other social media giants – you have to sign a contract which says you must have the IQ of a kumquat, and you must detest everything to do with the Big 3 C’s: Christianity, conservatism and common sense.
Between the incompetent, inept way they go about things, and the utter hatred of anything that goes against their woke agenda, they are a major pain to deal with. Sure, we get the same sort of thing in just about every government bureaucracy. In both cases, you are forever being frustrated. For example, you never actually get to speak to any human being there, you cannot get an explanation for anything, you are unable to lodge a complaint, and so on.
It seems government bureaucrats and Fakebook workers both graduated from the same training college. We are dealing with folks who seem to think that customer service is a waste of time, that applied intelligence is to be avoided at all costs, and dealing fairly and judiciously with the public is something to snicker at.
But before I describe some recent episodes of their incompetence, censorship, intolerance and bigotry, I better deal with a question many of you already might have in your head: ‘Well Bill, if FB is so bad, why don’t you just leave?’ And my reply – as always – is this:
I am on five or six other alternative social media sites, and I post on each one daily. But the simple truth is, none of them – at least so far – has anywhere near the number of users as FB. Even those that come a bit close may have just a tiny fraction of users, and in terms of friends, the best of the bunch likely only has ten per cent of what I have on FB.
Sure, when I was permanently given the boot by FB nearly two years ago, I lost almost 5000 friends, and my new incarnation there is a slow build, with only round 1300 friends. But on the other alternatives I have at most just several hundred.
I have tried to get others to join me at those sites, and some have. But most of my contacts are at FB. And why does that matter? It would NOT matter if my main aim was to show pics of what I had for breakfast or my latest cat antics. But my main reason for being on any social media platform, as with CultureWatch itself, is to share truth far and wide – to as many people as possible.
That is why I keep using FB, as annoying and discouraging as it is. When I am not in the FB gulag, I can share some truth to an audience that in turn can pass it on to others. Who knows how many people can be reached in this way. So that is why I am there, and that is why I will keep trying to use it, no matter how sick and tired I get of the idiotic buffoonery, brainless bans and censorship.
Indeed, it has become a bit of a game. Every day when I log on I expect to find these words from Big Brother: “Your account is restricted for 7 days (or 4 weeks, or whatever). Your previous posts didn’t follow our Community Standards, so you can’t do things such as post or comment.” There may be no more Orwellian term in cyberspace than FB “Community Standards”
What standards? They have no standards but double standards, and those of past tyrants and dictators. And worse yet, they have more power and control than any Stalin or Hitler ever did. The way they can make or break anyone and any view, and lionise or demonise others is simply mind-boggling. It is an ideal form of indoctrination, propaganda and proselytism.
Even more hilarious is when the good folks at FB inform me that my posts are causing harm to others. Oh really? Two of the recent posts of mine that have resulted in me being thrown into the FB slammer have both been memes – Grumpy Cat memes.
I kid you not. One was a pic of Grumpy Cat with one word: “Never” And for that the yokels at FB again imprisoned me, telling me I was causing harm to others. Good grief, are these guys for real? Are they really such senseless and humourless num nums? Are those traits conditions for employment there?
Of course I always challenge these foolish decisions of theirs. But it usually does no good. I think only once did I get a mea culpa from them. It went something like this: “We’ve reviewed your post again and it does follow our Community Standards. We appreciate you taking the time to request a review. Your feedback helps us do better.”
Well duh! I could have told them that! But they also did not bother to tell me which one of my many banned, shadow-banned or censored posts they were referring to. Real helpful guys. Makes things so much easier for me! That will really help me in knowing what I can and cannot post next time.
Things are not any better for my most recent jailing. It was again a Grumpy Cat meme. Someone commented, ‘They must really hate Grumpy Cat.’ If I could have responded, I would have said: ‘It seems it is their contempt of me, and anyone who dares to share truth, that is really at work here.’ Of course it is usually for my ‘unacceptable’ political and social posts that I get booted into FB prison. But it appears any excuse will do.
As to my latest incarceration, they said it was a 48-hour ban. If you are familiar with how FB works, you know that if you try to like or share or comment, you will get their warning thingee popping up, showing the time remaining before your sentence is completed.
Well, three days ago when I tried to do this, I kept being told that I have 48 hours to go in their internment camp. A day later I finally got the countdown: 47 hours, 46 hours… So now my FB imprisonment is really three days, not two. It is 72 hours, not 48 as they had said.
What is wrong with these nincompoops?! Either they can’t count, or their dislike of me just keeps ramping up. So who knows when I will get back on – if I ever do. It is getting to be like what folks have experienced in communist hellholes, albeit on a lesser scale. But it is just as infuriating and maddening.
It is enough to make a grown man cry. Such complete lunacy from these moonbats. They really are doing their best to drive folks away. And many have left – so sick and tired of all the nonsense. But as mentioned, if I get back on, I will keep using it to share truth as much as I can, until my next prison stint, that is.
Oh, and I don’t really buy the lame excuse that all this is due to algorithms and robots and the like. That may be part of the reason, but behind all this is an army of faceless FB worker drones, doing their best to censor anything that Zuckerberg and CO consider to be virulent and therefore verboten.
Fascistbook is a fully apt and appropriate title for this outfit. In addition to wanting to get rich, their other main goal in life is to enforce the woke and secular left narrative at all costs, and to shut down and silence anyone who dares to differ.
And this is basically true of all the Tech Giants and media outfits. They have declared war on people like you and me. Our thoughts, values and beliefs are NOT welcome, and they will do all that they can to keep us from spreading much-needed truth.
All the more reason to keep speaking out, any way we can.