My Message to NPR

Note: This is the news story suggestion that I shared with NPR which describes the account issues that many Facebook users have been experiencing. Almost a month ago, I woke up to discover that not only had someone used my credentials to change the profile and header images on a page that I manage, but … Read more

Let’s Make July 23 “Facebook Day”

Let’s make Friday, July 23 the day that everybody makes a huge push to try to get our accounts back. This means posting a description of our issues with Facebook as well as sharing the stories of others on Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms. Let’s also spark discussions about Facebook as a company, its role … Read more

Plan B: Submit an appeal to Facebook

A few posts I’ve read online have directed me to a form where you can submit an appeal to Facebook. I have tried doing this, but will then get the immediate response that Facebook will not be reviewing the decision to disable my account. A post which recommends submitting an appeal also identities the automated … Read more

Some Good News

Today, I heard a bit of good news. One of my admins on the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival page were able to replace the offensive header and profile images with graphics which were a lot more appropriate. Unfortunately, they were only an editor on the page, so aren’t able to take full control over the … Read more

My thoughts about Facebook

As I’ve shared that my account was disabled by Facebook, I’ve heard three different kinds of reactions. The first was some sympathy, but not a lot of hope. Something along the lines of, “Well, that’s too bad, but good luck getting it back.” It’s as if I lost my wedding ring at a restaurant, and … Read more

What have I learned from my experience with Facebook?

Today, I wanted to share a different perspective on Facebook. It started out as something fun, but now it is a necessity, much like a utility. But, we would never expect our electricity company to turn off our power abruptly and without explanation if they disapproved of how we talked in our home, or how we dressed. Social media is different, of course, but no less of a detriment if we lose our access.

In today’s post, I explored the idea that Facebook should be considered a utility. And, if we can’t change how the social network handles moderation, then all we can do is change our own behavior by taking a few extra steps each year to backup our data.