by Yvonne McCann
—Indianapolis, IN Feb 24, 2018
I'm a photographer, and I like to share some of my photos on Facebook, and I have several pages I use for various groups to announce upcoming events, etc.
For many years Facebook has been a useful tool. I was surprised this morning when I logged in and received a message from Facebook saying I am blocked for 24 hours for sharing a meme about gun control that did not target any group and I thought was not offensive. Political issues are hot, and folks are daily sharing memes expressing their feelings. I am careful about what I share and post having friends from all walks of life. (Both Dems and Reps)
This prompted me to researched Facebook to see if they are censoring posts for political reasons. Facebook has question page listing various blocking points for their users. In a nut shell it is saying no human is responsible for the blocks but it is a computer algorithm is determining whether to block you or not. I was surprised to read the 5th statement they made. "You are not guaranteed free speech by anyone other than the government. Only the government may not infringe upon your right to free speech. An individual corporation, such as Facebook, absolutely 100% has the legal right to "silence" you on their service, for any reason, at any time, regardless of whether you like it or not. "
So how did you end up blocked?
Simply put — someone(s) reported you as a spammer and for posting "abusive" content."
With this said anyone with a grudge or if they do not like your post for political or any other reason can get you block.
Here is another story about a new algorithm that gathers more information on you by Facebook.
Can Facebook predict what social class you belong to?