Another day, another holler. Just found the feedback box to protest my ban from DisgraceBook over allegations of posting pornography. I just sent them a web link from the story I posted here yesterday. I will be sure to report on the action taken, but since there’s only fourteen hours left on my “ban” at this point, the clock will probably run out before Facebook pulls their head out of their ass. And it’s sad (for them..lol) really, because in the meantime I’m already working out an exit strategy. Given the trampling of the weeds at the edge of the compound from the massive amount of traffic they’ve lost in the rush of exiting teens, the route is already cleared.
I’ve another interesting and slightly distressing observation to share with you. I went to post on USA Today and there was no way to get into their system because of my Facebook interconnection. That in and of itself is enough for me to sever ties with Facebook and I’m thinking of avoiding USA Today (and any other site I find that is so reliant on Facebook for “approval” on my character before posting that I can’t participate in OUR SHARED public arena).
Note To Self: Stop Shaving
Did you see how livid the GodSquad was when their momentary hero got temporarily banned from the Duck Sucker Show? OMG, the pearl-clutching and hand wringing!! In relation to the stuff he got slapped on the wrist for saying, in comparison to my “offense”? No comparison at all, but then like most of you, I obviously don’t command the necessary divine blessings (or ZZ Top stylist) necessary for the adequate protection of my free speech rights! They say it’s a free country, and I’ll bite. I’m free to leave Facebook and tell my story on the way out as they continue to free-fall like so many other “broken” social networks of bygone eras. That trail is so littered with the rotting hubris of bulk, it’s a wonder that Facebook hasn’t gotten any smarter than their predecessors.
That said, I think it’s important to make a point of exposing this abuse of membership for both their survival and the survival of free speech rights for the average Joe. Now that Facebook has become such a gatekeeper and monolithic entity it resides (along with my beloved Twitter) in the bowels of my iOS devices, I’m forced to hold them to a higher “public” standard on issues affecting my ability to comment and post on issues important to me. Ferchrissakes, people are posting calls to assassinate the President through flimsy “tongue-in-cheek” cartoons and dog-whistle rightwing code on their social network and they don’t get blocked or banned! Great, let the Secret Service sort them out. I’m not going out of my way to squelch their rights (and neither is Facebook for that matter), but here I sit, unable to even submit a public reply on my own Facebook account at this point!!
I am in the process of offloading/downloading my entire Facebook profile now. I can’t wait to see the file size on that! I will likely delete everything and leave a skeletal profile for ease in logging onto other services. I’m also still able to “direct message” followers on MySpaceBook, so there’s that to consider.
At the end of the day, Facebook has shown itself to be entirely more reckless and out of control than even I am and that my friends, it the path to complete and total destruction. You can be ABSOLUTELY SURE that just as soon as my 24 hour ban gets lifted I’m going to be reposting the ‘pornography’ that got me banned in the first instance, just out of principle alone. I’m going to force their hand one way or the other and let the world have a ringside seat to the circus.