After I wrote about being banned by FB for using the words “redneck,” “honky,” and “devil” in the context of discussing words that may violate FB’s “community standards,” a friend sent me the above screenshots of their attempt to report an incendiary, anti-Black, racist image.
Without hesitation, FB replied notifying them that the image posted by ‘Michelle Georgevich Hellgeth‘ does not violate community standard. Their report was rejected. Meanwhile, using the words “redneck,” “honky,” and/or “devil”–even in an academic context–is a violation of FB’s community [double] standard. Look at that pic again. Now… let that sink in.
Perhaps the above example is just one that slipped through the cracks, an anomoly and not indicative of a pattern selective (racially biased) FB censorship? Well, let’s see about that. Here we have a wildly racist meme posted by FB user Damein Condo which reads, “Black Pregnancy Test: Put a piece of chicken in the vagina, wait 30 seconds, if there’s a bite out of it, then there’s a little nigga in there.” And underneath the meme is the word “Dead” to signify having died of laughter.
Surely, such a meme would violate FB’s stringent community standards, right? Wrong. As you can see from the above screen shot, FB does not in fact feel this meme is a violation. So… never mind typing “honky” in any context will get a FB user banned, posting “nigga” in the context of a racist joke is not a problem.
If by chance racist memes are a problem for you, and you decide to report them whenever you see them, ironically, “over reporting” [anti-Black] racist content is more likely to get you banned than posting [anti-Black] racist content. See the following warning message (on the right) FB replied with when multiple [anti-Black] racist meme posts were reported from the same thread (on the left):
Not to belabor the point, but I will be updating this post with more examples such as all of the above. If you have screen shots of your rejected attempts to report bigoted content FB that you would like me to add to this blog, please email them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Re: FB Community Standards.
One wonders, when FB speaks of what does and doesn’t violate “community standards,” exactly which “community” are they referring to? #dontBSyourself