Is Facebook facing the fact its Community Standards struck out with me 3 times in one night?

If you’re a longtime reader, then you’ve probably seen the phase I went through, ending articles with this phrase:

If you appreciate what you read here, please subscribe with either your email address or WordPress account, and get a notice whenever I publish. Don’t rely on social media with its hacking issues and censoring like thisthis, this and this.

Those “thises” never linked to articles I wrote. Instead, they went to news articles about Facebook deciding what you and I should and should not be allowed to post on our pages on its platform.

Almost a year and a half ago, I found hate speech coming from a local person and wrote an article about it. Perhaps nobody had complained about Brad Foden. I just checked and can’t find him on Facebook. Maybe he blocked me.

Then, there are statements being spread as facts as quickly as Coronavirus when they aren’t true.

Within the past few days, Phoenix TV “news” anchor Kari Lake put a video up on YouTube — owned by Google — and then reposted video from another source when YouTube took down the first. I wonder if Fox, the company that owns KSAZ, will consider what Lake has been doing to its station’s news reputation.

Getting people to believe things about Coronavirus that aren’t true could kill them, and tens of thousands of Americans are already dead.

This is serious, but Facebook is a company that allowed Holocaust denial on its pages! Think Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.

Zuckerberg spoke about his reason (that I didn’t buy) and then had to put out an email to clarify. (That didn’t work either, as far as I was concerned.)

Back on the evening of March 17, I made three different posts on my Facebook page. They did not have the same topic. They were apparently posted within 20 minutes.

And little did I know, Facebook would have a problem with all three!

The first two were taken from an Israeli newspaper considered independent, but perhaps a little to the right.

The last appears to be my opinion on the still-proposed Coronavirus stimulus money from the IRS, before it was even official. My thought was that I hoped the check would be larger than whatever I might owe when tax day came around. Of course, since then I got the money, tax day was postponed and I have no idea what I’ll owe.

Then, apparently three days later, Facebook admitted it was wrong, and apologized. I prefer to think the people or machines there used bad judgment, and so did the people in charge by coming up with their system.

I didn’t think too much of the incident at the time. It certainly didn’t change my thoughts about Facebook as you may have read time and time again here. The company can do what it wants. We have no First Amendment rights when it comes to private companies; just the government.

But we can choose if and how we use the company. It only has information we give it, and I highly suggest using it to further yourself or your business — not Zuckerberg, Sandberg or shareholders in general.

And please remember, this website is still under construction and will be for some time, after moving to a different web host.

About the author

The journalism “business” has changed — from standards to platforms to layoffs — along with the American public, and I’ve managed to survive somewhat on my own terms.

I started in 1994, becoming an award-winning and respected TV newscast producer.

Even better was creatively producing websites and social media, and serving as a station's digital media manager — writing news, creating graphics and getting evidence of growing my audience here in the nation's fourth largest market, Philadelphia.

I also taught first grade for eight years. My principal saw my class website and made me electronic gradebook manager to assist co-workers when we stopped using paper gradebooks.

In 2018, I took courses and earned the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

In 2019, I was a freelance newspaper reporter, but enjoyed copy editing and reviving the publication’s social media even more.

That got me striking out on my own with a local news website to join the blog I created, designed and write.

Ask me about all the details.

I did drive Uber to make ends meet until I started as a customer service representative at one of the world’s largest web-hosting companies, with more than 8 million customer contracts and hosting more than 12 million domains.

With classroom and newsroom experience, I know how to prioritize, analyze and take the best course of action. Getting results means attention to detail, following through and following up.

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