I Violated Community Standards — Am I Doomed?
Very strange. Years ago I was encouraged to set up a “business account” on Facebook for Ennyman’s Territory, my personal daily blog since 2007. The only thing this “business account accomplished (once set up) was to have Facebook constantly remind me I would have more traffic if I advertised (i.e. Paid Facebook Money). I never “pushed” the page to be liked, but have a few followers even though I seldom post there.
Instead, each day after publishing my post for the day I would share with my “friends” on my personal Facebook wall and Tweet it. I have a modest following on FB and 4K+ Twitter followers, so the ritual of writing and then sharing on these social media platforms worked for me. Until this happened about a month ago:
>>>> People who recently visited your page, Ennyman’s Territory, recommended changes to the information on your page . <<<<<
This is so bizarre that it defies comprehension, and I have been unable to find a human being at Facebook who can help me beyond their Bots who now tell me I am Spamming.
Is it spamming to write something once a day and share it? I don’t put it on everyone else’s wall. That would be spamming. I just put it on my own, or used to
Did someone really complain? Or was it an A.I. Terminator that flagged me.
Then I received these notes from Michael Johnson and Lois Sandy Marshall:
Yup, I just confirmed that facebook won’t let anyone go to your blog by clicking the link on your Ennyman’s Territory page, nor would they let me post the link here as a comment. I clicked through their reasons ‘why’ and found they said it violated the Community Standards / rules against spam. I contested the decision and now it sits a couple posts above this one with a red oval around it (not sure if anyone can see that but me).
Well, cousin, I tried to post your 3/18/21 blog on my own page. Here is what I got:
This URL goes against our Community Standards on spam:
pioneerproductions.blogspot dot com
I registered a disagree with the decision. (BTW, I can post your blog by using the word “dot” instead of . in your URL.)
So it was not the action of posting my blog daily, but Ennyman’s Territory itself that was the problem, and I the despicable violator of community standards, ostracized like a mad cur, a slimy swamp rat, scaly cold-blooded reptile, a poisonous pillock, gorbellied miscreant, a rank compound of odious smells from a pile of plague sores….
OK, methinks I got carried away.
What happened next surprised me even more. I AM UNABLE TO LIKE anyone’s posts on Instagram. I have been following a number of local and international artists, really enjoying the creativity and letting them know by tapping on the Heart.
Every time I attempt to “Like” by touching the Heart icon, I get this message:
We restrict certain activity to protect our community.
Well, it’s obvious what’s happening on Instagram. Facebook owns Instagram, and once flagged as a troublemaker on Facebook, it was only a matter of time before I was handcuffed on Instagram. It only took roughly a week, if that.
Funny thing is, I can still post photos and share on Instagram. Why can’t I interact with people there? I am isolated… kicked off the island.
I still like to look, though without a handshake it feels like I’m just a lurker. So be it.
Originally published at https://pioneerproductions.blogspot.com.