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Facebook Bans Links To Dave’s Computer Tips

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Abusive Content?

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:

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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

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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.

27 thoughts on “Facebook Bans Links To Dave’s Computer Tips”

  1. I gave up on FB years ago when they first started dictating what people should say , read and think and I am all the better for it, my life has been exponentially calmer and my anxiety levels have dropped noticeably. You should try too.

    1. Depending on the outcome of this vile censorship, I’m seriously considering removing myself from the Facebook universe as well, Ed.
      However, for the time being I need to stay chained in order to add what little assistance I can to remove this unwarranted blight from the good name of DCT.

  2. This type of unilateral censorship is intolerable. There is virtually zero by way of explanation and no right of reply. Presumed guilty with zero opportunity to defend oneself- totally contrary to the very essence of justice and equity. These mega online entities have become a law unto themselves.

    1. There you go violating their “community standards”, which consists of the standards of those within FB’s monoculture. We mustn’t allow dissent to jeopardize the greater cultural revolution!

  3. I just posted the following on my facebook page:
    So one of my favorite Tech sites,
    h t t p s://davescomputertips . com
    was banned from Facebook with virtually no way to appeal that totally unfounded decision. The site apparently contained an article that didn’t sit well with the powers @facebook and the
    site now can’t post on Facebook.
    It would be nice if you shared this post and draw some attention to another of Facebook injustices.
    I had to make the URL non clickable because it also alerted me that I couldn’t do my post if the url was left intact.
    These big tech giants apparently can do no wrong and without any recourse the consumer suffers.

    1. Some great tricks there, Norbert, most of which I’ve tried myself since this debacle started.
      I’ve even tried URL shorteners and other ways of disguising the DCT URL, but they must have some aggressive algorithms at work in Zuckerberg Towers. In the end I had to upload this article’s featured image, the article title and the URL with loads of spaces without the dots.
      Crazy, eh?

    2. Bob, it’s Facebook that’s abusive, obviously. They bear out the maxim that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Good for supporting DCT! I wish fb would concentrate on the spammers, conspiracy nuts and the myriad mis- and disinformation pushers instead of harmless tech sites.

  4. Why not just use email to communicate? Do you really need the aggravation of ending up in FB jail for 30 days? I have noticed a lot of Memes about FB Jail posted on other sites which I frequent, Call it jail or abusive, it just does not make any common sense. Maybe it has something to do with the new Facebook name – “Metaverse”?

    1. Hey Bill,

      The trouble with disseminating information via email is, if we send out unsolicited email we are then accused of spamming. It’s a fine line. Plus, email only reaches our subscribers whereas Facebook is an open platform.

  5. I CANNOT believe what I’ve just read here. What is the world coming to? Keep ’em coming all DCT contributors. It’s much appreciated. I hope you can get this ridiculous ban removed

  6. Hi
    What is happening to this world. I follow Dr Mercola who is in USA and he is constantly being attacked.
    Here in England where I live, we were told to have one vaccination against Covid, then were told we need a second jab, now we are told to have a third jab. Annual jabs are now being talked about and conveniently to support this they have discovered a new variant.
    Also, the british government are now putting floride in all drinking water.
    Now they are putting folic acid in all white flour.
    When did we give permission for governments to control our lives is this way. Why do I no longer have a say in how to protect my health. When will the control end.
    I understand if you do not want to publish this.

  7. I wish I could report the problem is as simple as explained here. When one person disagrees with one point in a Facebook post and notifies Fb, everything from that source may be banned for some period of time, usually one day, then three days, then 30 days as “offences” progress. What’s more, Google keeps records, a history, so that every reader report accumulates and is considered with each new “offence.” The “offences” of any source (individual, website, group) accumulate and punishments are handed out each time based on the whole history, not just one offence. So anyone may cause grief for any poster they disagree with.

  8. I may not always agree with some of the views, but to me that’s a different matter. For example I hate how the word Woke has been used as a slogan e.g. too Woke, this show is crap, without giving any evidence, but your articles always seemed to be balanced and thought out.

    What I dislike with a large part of today’s society, is the idea that everyone should agree with a specific set of people and anyone that challenges them or says something slightly different is wrong and should be silenced.

    And the scary thing is it is often these people who also claim to believe in free speech. Basically what they actually mean is people should be able to be open and speak about anything unless I disagree with it.

    The thing is I’ve read things online that I’d class as racist and I 100 percent disagree with but that is sadly some people’s believes and sadly freedom of speech allows people to say things, as long as its done in a way that isn’t specifically targeted and also isn’t used to cause issues/incite violence.

    I’m very careful these days what I put online because we live in a world where things are often misread or taken out of context. I often read articles about shows and stuff where they say people complained about something specific and by people they often mean a couple of twitter users. It just worries me that even my post could be complained about by one person and it could go on from there. People have lost jobs due to social media.

  9. I have been banned from leaving reviews on AMAZON for years, but they have no problem taking my money. I have contacted them by email and phone to try and get to the bottom of the problem. Nobody at Amazon can give me an answer. Not even a clue as to why I am banned.
    Yet after every purchase I get an email asking me to rate my purchase. (-:
    I suspect I gave an “honest” review sometime in the past and a seller objected. Now I am banned for life.
    Because of where I live Amazon is a great source of goods I could not purchase without traveling hundreds of kilometers.

  10. Kathleen Dombrowski

    Welcome to the USSA, I knew the article in question was going to cause backlash. This has been going on for a while and getting worse because of the “Woke” movement.
    I personally have never used any kind of social media.
    Because of all the recent censorship many new alternative sources have been developed to replace some of the common platforms.
    Mainstream Media has a hand in providing false information that promotes this biased thinking.
    The movement to boycott corporations, etc. (the etc. is huge) that support “Wokeism” has worked in some instances.
    When Facebook can ban the sitting President of the largest country in the free world, and allow Terrorist Organizations free reign that should give you an idea of what you are up against.
    Free speech as we know it is a thing of the past!

    1. Only if we allow it to be. Stop using these mind and speech control media. It is only a matter of time before it will have an effect. After all, when the money dries up change will always happen.

      We can complain all we want but without action nothing will change.

      1. Now this is REALLY amazing. My comment shows with the following:

        “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”!!!!!!!!

        Are you effin kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. I have been on FB since 2008, merley to keep in touch with a few university friends. But what I noticed, ever since 2011 no one is using it. 90% of people even have the same status message or profile picture ever since.
    So yes, FB is irrelevant for “social”, but yet it is insanely relevant as an aggregator of news and opinions. They got a lot of flack because click-bait and negative news doinated the news feed.
    Now they made a 180° turn and censor everything that could be mildly offensive. I.e. every honest opinion. I started using FB to check for news in about 2015. I largely followed anti-establishment figures, not the likes of Alex Jones, but on a smaller scale. People who were telling the truth about Syria, for example. Now what I noticed is: everybody is gone, removed. The only page left is an Antifa page. Which is of course the most visibly irony, as they are partly violent, offensive and discrimnate against many other political groups.
    This is what FB has become.

  12. I tried posting a link to this article and to DCT’s home page. Neither worked. I disagreed each time and included the URL sans “.com” asking friends to copy, complete and post so they can disagree. I’d say the Texas Taliban is involved, but this is bigger than Texas. Artificial Intelligence can be evil indeed.

  13. This is truly amazing! I just posted two comments one of which was very respectful and factual and another one a little less so because my first comment showed up as being up for “Review”. Now both comments have been deleted!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Exactly what we have been discussing here. This one will probably also not make it because it is too “Critical”. LOL

  14. Are comments to articles on this website also subject to Moderation?

    Two of my earlier comments were deleted and the last one, prior to this, is “Awaiting Moderation”.

    Given the subject of this article that is stunning. WHO is the moderator for this website?

  15. Well ! Youtube and now Facebook! Getting paranoid yet, Marc?
    Just hope you’re not a meat-eater, we’ll be next.
    But best thing ever to be banned from Facebook. Can’t believe anyone would actually ever join! Did Youtube ever let you back? But don’t ever worry about Facebook. Be pleased! They’re doing you a BIG favour in my book.

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