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The Mental Deficiency of the Programmers of Facebook’s Algorithm

July 11, 2021

This image got me a 30-day suspension from Facebook the first day off my previous suspension:

The grounds for suspending my account was “hate speech.” This implies that they believe I either agree with this graffiti or did it myself. Neither is true. This is literally right around the corner from where I live. My comment was jestingly accusing someone I know of having made the tag, but libeling somebody is not the reason given for which I got the suspension. So now, taking pictures of offensive language and passing it along is the same as endorsing the content. Utterly deranged.

Then I was alerted that this post, which I made on June 30, 2020, was taken down for endorsing “dangerous individuals and organizations”:

Facebook likes to remind you what it posted a year prior to the day, and this one got me a sixty-day suspension from advertising or using Facebook Live. I’ve never done either before, so this is just more of an issue of principal. People (or algorithms) that can’t read English should not be put in charge of judging English-language memes, because no one who can read could possibly see this as an endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan. If someone I knew personally were involved with the Ku Klux Klan, I would out and publicly humiliate them. If I lived in the South, I’d know better than to do that, though in the North I feel reasonably safe in doing so.

To Facebook’s credit, this one actually did get overturned and restored on the second look. The first post had the algorithm agree with itself that it did nothing wrong in censoring me. If they seriously think my point in that was to call people orientation slurs, they are fools considering the number of LGBT people with whom I’m connected on Facebook. If they really think my goal in posting this was to insult or intimidate them, they are not capable of rational thought. I’m hoping who ever put it there was either being a jerk or self-identifying (like my neighborhood’s ubiquitous “Quasar” tagger, rather than threatening anyone. LGBT/HIV/AIDS activist Luke Montgomery self-applied a similar slur to himself in the early 1990s. I don’t know the origin of these tags or the intent, but I do think that such tags should be of interest to those who live in the NYC area, especially if we don’t know the intent of the perpetrator of them, who is potentially a threat to the community.

One Comment
  1. Johnny Boy permalink

    The whole world is against you it seems. Have you checked your electirfcal outlets for listening devices?

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