On Wednesday morning, a story about Ilhan Omar was taken down by Facebook. I received notification that I had violated their “community standards” twice within seconds of each other. The post had only been up for a few seconds. I did not attempt to repost it in between notifications because they were literally back to back instantly, but I did click on “review” twice. Facebook blackmarked our page even after they said they made a mistake. They lied.
By the morning, Facebook sent back a notice to Rick that they apologized for “getting it wrong and making a mistake.” One minute later, Rick was notified that they were placing a violation against us on our page. Which is why they sent TWO violations – on one hand, they “apologized for getting it wrong,” and on the other they used my comment (truthful though it was) against our page.
It was not placed back on Facebook, and we now have a hate speech mark because I told the truth. They didn’t bother to take down the very same article on my personal page, though my comment was slightly tamer there. It still told the truth.
The truth is something Facebook apparently considers hate speech. If I had called her a slur or some other “expletive,” they would have been right to say it was hate speech and take it down. I should have stepped the comment back, and I will in the future. But Facebook still lied. And that is the part of this whole episode that is egregious from the standpoint of a company that has millions of subscribers.
Facebook blackmarked our page and lied about it – that is something all Americans should be aware of. When Facebook can pull a deception like this – on one hand say they were wrong, and on the other put a blackmark against a page for the exact same thing, there is a serious problem.