This ban first came to my attention when reading comments on my article Woke Culture – What Are They Smoking At Microsoft? in which a DCT reader pointed out that DCT articles/links could no longer be posted on Facebook. Due to its tone, at first I thought it was maybe a sarcastic throwaway comment, but when checking my own Facebook page, where I had also posted the article, I was surprised to find that the entire post had disappeared. No notifications and no signs that I had ever posted it appeared anywhere. I then tried to post it again and was met with the message below:
I then raised the issue with Richard Pedersen, our editor at DCT, and he confirmed that he too was having problems posting links to DCT on Facebook, receiving the message in the first image in this article, as you can see above.
Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive. If this is a mistake…
Are DCT Articles Abusive?
Well, that’s a worn-out word if ever I heard one — abusive. It can cover a multitude of interactions and is generally grossly exaggerated. But that isn’t the point here. “…other people on Facebook have reported as abusive…”, is the real point and even in my wildest dreams, I cannot think of one single DCT article that could be described as abusive. I write off-topic articles that are generally related to political correctness and other social issues that I feel strongly about and I have a sneaky suspicion that maybe a few readers on Facebook have taken offence to some of my opinions. But that’s just me making wild assumptions and perhaps being a little paranoid, so it doesn’t get us very far.
We Disagreed With Their Decision
As with most corporations today, contacting a human being for a response is almost impossible, so our only recourse has been to use what limited support options are available. In this case, to disagree with Facebook’s decision to NOT allow any and all DCT URLs. But the problem here is that it doesn’t nail down the precise issue, making it impossible to take any action to remedy the situation. This reminds me very much of my YouTube demonetisation problem, where I am not being told specifically how to fix the problem. Or, to put it another way, to fix the problem that Facebook perceives as such.
I have an opinion about Facebook in general, but at this juncture, it’s probably not appropriate to air that opinion but to simply continue to appeal to the company to right the wrong. Naturally, when we have any further information on this sinister development, we’ll be sure to share that information with you here on Dave’s Computer Tips.