From a quiet Memorial Day weekend to a shocking surprise

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Return to Facebook

We spent Saturday outside re-organizing the garage, and then broke ground on a new memorial garden we wanted to put into place in memory of our son, Josh, who passed away in April from brain cancer. On Monday, we hung out with some friends outside. On Tuesday morning, I learned that a page that I … Read more

Plan B: Submit an appeal to Facebook

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Return 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

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Return to Facebook

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

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series Return to 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?

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Return to 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.

Better Business Bureau

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Return to Facebook

Earlier this week, I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Their promise was that they would review my complaint, and reach out to the company that I have an issue with, Facebook. Today, I received a response back: . Thank you for contacting the Better Business Bureau. This message is in regard to … Read more

Bread and Butter

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Return to Facebook

The owner of the blog Raising Whasians tweeted an interesting message they received from Facebook a few days ago. Their business page had been restricted by Facebook, and when they appealed this was the response: Just a quick recap, you’ve reached out to us about your Facebook page. As discussed, we regret to inform you … Read more