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Facebook targets Twitchy (Update – unblocked)

Facebook targets Twitchy (Update – unblocked)

Facebook has threatened to permanently block Twitchy from posting. The Twitchy Facebook page is here and has over 40,000 followers.

Apparently someone or some group of people complained that a photo featured in a Twitchy story violated Facebook’s “community standards.” The photo was used in a story about how Obama’s Twitter account subscribed to a porn star’s Twitter feed.

Twitchy specifically blocked out the photo of the star, as set forth in this tweet:

Via Twitchy:

An uncensored version of the above photo appears on a Twitter feed that President Barack Obama’s official Twitter account subscribes to.

This morning we received a message from Facebook saying it removed a second post from our Facebook page. The message said we are being blocked from posting to our account for 24 hours and may be permanently banned from Facebook if we violate Facebook’s standards again. The message did not identify which post violated Facebook’s standards.

When we try to post to our Facebook page, we get the following message:

You recently posted something that violates Facebook policies, so you’re temporarily blocked from using this feature. Learn More.To keep from getting blocked again, please make sure you’ve read and understand Facebook’s Community Standards.

The block will be active for 23 hours more.

Twitchy was unable to find a contact information for Facebook on its page. So we complained to Facebook via its Twitter page:

The Twitchy folks have been very helpful to conservatives stuck in the Twitter gulag. Give Twitchy a hand, go to the link and retweet their tweets to Facebook.

I’ll also activate the Emergency Broadcast System, so send the Tweet from the link at the top of the sidebar. [now disabled]

Update from Twitchy:

Twitchy is no longer blocked from posting on Facebook. Twitchy’s posts were accidentally removed during Facebook’s review process.

Many thanks to our contact at Facebook for addressing the issue.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Twitchy readers for your support. Twitchy readers are the best!

Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds and William Jacobson for writing about the Facebook block.

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“Twitchy was unable to find a contact information for Facebook on its page.”

Exactly. If there is one, they hide it well. I won’t have any part of a place that doesn’t offer easily accessible contact with a human being. No Facebook for me.

Shouldn’t Facebook be worrying about getting its stock price up?

I appreciate the hard work of the Twitchy folks. Perhaps, we’ll soon have a new head of DOJ and they’ll take a look into some of these attacks.


Henry Hawkins | October 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

On my screen there’s a big black oval blotch obscuring the photo. Could you remove it, please?

Twitchy’s posts were accidentally removed during Facebook’s review process.

Accidentally removed my foot. It was blocked by Facebook’s “dumb” reporter algorithm, which removes content a certain number of individuals flag as in violation of the rules. It’s an auto-remover and you need to actually get to a real, live person to actually put a set of eyeballs on the content to see that it’s not actually abusive.

It’s a social media company’s standard lie so that they can claim “it wasn’t our fault, it was just an accident.”

But, it’s like anything else. Enough outcry in the social media universe and they perk up to not have their brand damaged as blocking reasonable speech.

Why do leftists insist on waging this war on strong conservative women of color?