I’m currently in Facebook “jail” or at least under house arrest. I haven’t been completely banned from posting. However, I’m not permitted to go live, and I’m not allowed to run any advertising. That’s kind of an issue as I have a new book to promote.
What’s interesting is the reason I’m in trouble with Facebook. I threatened a ghost with “bodily harm.” Seriously, it’s because I threatened to harm a ghost. I said I would be willing to “to cut an undead jerk.” in a comment on a friend’s post about a ghost.
When someone countered you couldn’t hurt a ghost with a knife, I replied I’d find one in a cursed antique shop to do the job.
Facebook blocked my comment, then notified me that I could lose my account for making such comments. Then a few days later, they sanctioned me.
Mind you, there are zero options to appeal this. In some cases, Facebook says there is a drop-down menu to contest their sanctions, but in the case of threatening to harm ghosts, apparently not. I even went through the advertiser dashboard for some recourse, but there wasn’t any.
I have heard of people with hundreds of thousands of followers who depend on their Facebook page for income losing access under similar circumstances.
I know that some automatic program detected the word and isn’t able to create context. Their AI doesn’t know the difference between staking a vampire and a veterinarian. However, some option to contest the sanctions would be nice.
I guess that’s a reminder to watch our language, as it turns out Facebook has no sense of humor.