Being the confessions of a Facebook criminal, offences unspecified.
Facebook has decided, in its infinite wisdom, that much of what I post is guilty of Violating Community Standards in some unspecified way.
Starting with a notice just before New Year that a post in a group containing a link had been reported as spam. Despite the fact that I and others have posted the same sort of link in these groups many times, there followed a torrent of similar notifications and warnings about terminating my account.
Naturally, I’ve appealed every time. The outcome has been a restriction on where I can post and engage. I’m currently limited to posting on my timeline and my author page. Anything I try to do in the wider community is either blocked or unavailable.
As I’m unable to talk to a real person, I can’t actually tell what it is about the mixture of content that I post which has upset them so much. After all, I’ve been posting since 2009 with no issues and I haven’t suddenly changed much about my behaviour on the platform.
Some of the links that have been reported are to Amazon, the others are to this website, which before you ask has SSL certification for site security.
I’ve spoken to several group administrators, who all insist that they have not reported my posts themselves, they suggest that a bot may be responsible.
All I can think of is that it may be related to the time when my account was hacked and cloned. All because I accepted a friend request from an account that had been hacked.
I won’t make that mistake again.
That was when Facebook refused to remove the profile of the fake account because it DIDN’T violate community standards. It took about a fortnight of pestering, from me and several friends before they finally removed it.
When I finally got control of my profile back, I found that whatever my alter ego had got up to had resulted in my losing lots of followers and being blocked from a lot of the groups that I used to frequent. I assume the person pretending to be me had upset a few people. It was taking me a while to get that sorted out, then this happened.
I’m now in limbo, wondering just how long these restrictions will last and whether it’s worth trying to continue on a social media platform that is anything but social.
The strange thing is that, although Facebook won’t let me post, they will still let me advertise, using the same links that they’re complaining about.
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