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Facebook Continues its Calvinistic Enforcement of “Community Standards”

May 1, 2020

My sleep schedule has been very wild the past few weeks from what I thought was a cold followed by getting food poisoning and injuring myself from passing out in the elevator. I’ve been getting a few hours of sleep at night, and consistently falling asleep after lunch for the past week, although I managed to keep myself awake for a Zoom conference on Tuesday and fell asleep after it.

Last night I got to sleep around 2 AM and woke up needing to go to the bathroom around 4:30, and wasn’t able to go back to sleep.

I found this post by Michael Schäfer (https://www.facebook.com/michael.schafer.7543653) in response to a post by UNICEF in which Greta Thunberg called climate change and COVID-19 a “child rights crisis”:

“No, thank you. We have real problems to solve. Have a nice day, Greta.”

I responded with one word: “Imbecile.”

Schäfer’s responded by claiming that I was admitting to be an imbecile.

I replied with “No, you’re an imbecile, Pee-wee.” I’ve reported trolls in the past for calling me names and even threatening me and been told that there was no violation of community standards, which would me that, by definition, Facebook does not actually have community standards. I had debated with myself over inclding “Herman” to make it obvious that it was the “I know you are, but what am I?” game that Paul Reubens certainly didn’t invent but made his own, but I thought it seemed punchier without it. So there is a possible chance that that they decided I was being heightest. My initial comment of “Imbecile,” has not been removed.

I can’t post Schäfer’s actual reply because it has also been removed, although I am being told that it’s in review. I reported it for bullying to get back at him for apparently reporting me because I received a 30-day suspension from posting anything on Facebook (colloquially known as “Facebook Jail”), and it will be interesting to see if it results in the same for him. Frankly, I don’t think either of us should be suspended at all, but I couldn’t take the punishment without doing what I could to make sure it was administered fairly.

Schäfer and I are friends on Facebook, although I cannot recall ever interacting with him. I opted not to block him. I didn’t even realize we were Facebook friends until after the fact.

I am hoping this is not another situation like the one with Ronie Bell being allowed to call me “worthless,” but me being suspended for calling her the same in reply.

I will update when I have more information.

Update: They’ve taken Michael Schäfer’s post down and said that it did indeed violate community standards. They didn’t tell me if he’s suspended, but it pay have happened because his last post was seven hours ago. I will update if I see him post again. I’m not supsended from observing Facebook.

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  1. Eventually, I fell back to sleep and didn’t wake up until after 1:30, having missed shelter lunch. I took one of the Velveeta Shelss & Cheese bowls I had bought Wednesday night for days they served red meat or something otherwise unpleasant at dinner, and went to the day room to prepare it. It fell out of my hands as I was adding additional water because it wasn’t quite at the fill line. I let out a brief but loud groan, and that got the shelter staff really pissed off at me. They don’t know what a difficult day it’s been. I’ve also been trying to get a COVID-19 test because my breathing isn’t quite normal after what I thought was a cold, and trying to navigate the CDC’s website wan’t helping because the self-test said I was negative. Carl Lundgren, my campaign treasurer, answered the call with a toll-free number via Facebook before I got blocked from posting. so I’m going to look into it after I’ve finished eating, showered, and dressed.

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