According to the Frequently Asked Questions on the Facebook (FB) website:
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Is Facebook living by its mission statement?
If you are a member of the Facebook community have you ever received this notice:
- You have been temporarily blocked from performing this action.
- If you think you’re seeing this by mistake, please let us know.
You have been temporarily blocked from performing this action means that you cannot post links to articles on Facebook pages that have accepted you and allowed you to post links visible to their members.
Here are some comments left on the Facebook Help Center on blocking:
Josef Pinter wrote, “[Blocking] seems rather arbitrary, and definitely draconian. [I]s there to be no recourse? What about when a group of Bad Actors collude to block someone for nefarious reasons? It appears that certain people are abusing the Blocking Feature.”
Michelle Leigh Benettim “Yes I agree Josef Pinter. I’m sick and tired of the blocking. I do NOTHING wrong to be blocked. I am 38 years old and have never been in so much trouble with ANY website. Geesh. I swear, I will find me some witty little dudes and create another social media site…”
Some now believe that Facebook and/or some individuals are using this administrative tool to block conservative citizen journalists, like myself, from posting links to articles they disagree with. You see the notice does not explain why someone is blocked or who requested the block. Every time I have reported that the blocking as a “mistake” Facebook does not lift the ban. This ban normally lasts for at least 48 hours.
Once the block is lifted and I begin posting links to articles the block is suddenly re-instituted. The questions is: By whom and why?
The answers to these questions are never revealed. I have noticed this Facebook policy is more frequently used since the beginning of the 2016 presidential primary process.
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EDITORS NOTE: If you have been blocked you may leave a comment at the Facebook Help Center here.