DCT Is Raising Its Collective Voice
There’s an old saying, “He who shouts loudest has the least to say…”.
You only need to glance at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other soapboxes to understand that. However, there are exceptions and the Internet is a two-edged sword, where shouting out your displeasure at injustice is the last and only recourse. It’s a week since Facebook banned Dave’s Computer Tips’ URLs and believe me if you thought a week in politics was a long time, it’s even longer in Internet land. We have short memories and what you shared five minutes ago is probably long forgotten by now, never mind what you posted yesterday. This is why the team at DCT is collectively making every effort in the most diplomatic manner to have this decision reversed.
However, knowing how huge corporations operate today, we realise that our voice may well be a whimper, drowned out by the general Internet clamour, and furthermore, may well not even be noticed by a human being on Facebook, so it’s an uphill task.
DCT Is Also Banned On Instagram
This is because Facebook owns Instagram and clearly the parent company policies carry over, which is equally damaging for DCT because Instagram is now more widely used by the younger generation than Facebook, which they now see as old-fashioned, dated, and geared towards baby-boomers.
In my article last week, Facebook Bans Links To Dave’s Computer Tips, many readers commented on this bizarre situation, for which we are very grateful. However, it must be said that social media, love it or loathe it, is a major vehicle for promoting your online presence, and generally speaking, it’s free of charge, so it can’t be sniffed at.
It’s all very well suggesting that we ditch all the so-called data collectors who sell your details to advertising companies, but the reality is that this is the world in which we now live, and DCT, like so many other tech entities, has to have a prominent presence across all social media. In the main, we write about tech, we give our opinions and sometimes we veer off-topic into social issues. But that is our prerogative and we believe that the discerning readers of DCT appreciate the variation in tone.
Facebook Uses Technology To Remove Content
I lifted this from Meta’s transparency center:
Our technology proactively detects and removes the vast majority of violating content before anyone reports it
We remove millions of violating posts and accounts every day on the Facebook app and Instagram. Most of this happens automatically, with technology working behind the scenes to remove violating content – often before anyone sees it. Other times, our technology will detect potentially violating content but send it to review teams to check and take action on it.
This work is never finished. People will keep trying to evade our technology, so we need to keep improving.
“Most of this happens automatically…” this in itself is a worrying statement because clearly no human is involved in the takedown and Meta’s suggestion that they need to keep improving needs no further explanation from me, except that for technology, read cold, stark algorithm.
You’ll also notice keywords used both in this statement and others by Facebook’s own warnings – violate and abusive, words associated with rape and physical violence against the defenseless. Very strong words indeed and specifically placed to make you shudder and perhaps grovel at the notion of being found guilty even before the trial had begun.
When we have further information to impart, you can be sure that you’ll read it first here on Dave’s Computer Tips.