WAIW | Facebook Called Me “Abusive”

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Following-up on last week’s WAIW episode where I talked about recent problems with Facebook restricting the magazine’s page for a week, I thought I would take this week’s episode to update everyone on where things stand now. Sadly, the video probably comes with more questions than answers.

If you’re curious about the posts I reference in the video, you can find them here, here, and here. The first two involve several lengthy discussions with people that may have possibly been offended by what I had to say (or perhaps others reading and not engaging may have felt the same way), and the third one involves a word that may have been flagged automatically by Facebook despite the fact that I’m not using it in a derogatory context myself. It’s possible that none of these things relate to the restriction, but it was placed on the page a minute after the post with the possibly flagged word was made and not so long after the majority of the discussions were winding down

At this point, I don’t expect to ever get a clear answer, and I’ve decided to stop chasing the support team. So, the best I can do is continue to create and share content while encouraging folks to seek out such things outside of platforms that I have little control over.

On that note, thanks for coming to the website to find out more about all of this.

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  1. Susan wrote: Nov. 27, 2019

    Hopefully it was just a quirk as you mentioned others were flagged around that same time. With that said, what a load of nonsense. Keep fighting the good fight!

    • Ryan wrote: Nov. 28, 2019

      I know the threat of my page being unpublished was a quirk, despite the Facebook support team suggesting otherwise, but the initial restriction and secondary review that labelled me “abusive” was definitely in relation to something specific about the magazine’s page. I just wish they would tell me what exactly so that I could avoid it happening again in the future. 🙁

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