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I am, once again, a Facebook inmate…

Greetings, y’all. Today has gotten off to an annoying start. First off, last night I got put in “Facebook Jail” for a comment I made on a friend’s post about Donald Trump. What I wrote was not too terrible, when you consider what people regularly post on Facebook. However, my comment tripped the super sensitive bots, and within a couple of minutes, it got “schwacked”, as Bill would put it. I had a nastygram on my iPad, telling me that I was in trouble for posting “hate speech”.

As usual, they gave me the pointless option to appeal, which I decided not to bother with this time. Then they handed down my punishment… two days of not being allowed to post in my groups. Since I run two groups, that’s kind of a pain in the ass. It also really annoys me that my online activity is being dictated by bots. I’ve been giving serious thought to deleting Facebook, mainly because this kind of crap pisses me off. I mean, people can post all sorts of hateful, homophobic, transphobic, racist, and sexist craziness, and nothing gets done. But I make a simple three word comment about Trump, and I immediately get “restricted” from posting in groups for two days. Granted, it’s not much of a punishment, but that’s not really the point. I don’t like feeling like Zuckerberg’s chump. He has way too much power, and he’s delegated it to bots who don’t understand nuances, and don’t get context. That is BULLSHIT. Way too many of us are tolerating it.

This isn’t a nice thing to post, but it’s no worse than a lot of what of people post on Facebook. Moreover, I think euthanizing Trump would do a lot for the safety and security of the world’s people. Now I wonder what will happen the next time I have to put one of my dogs to sleep. Will I also get punished for posting “He needs euthanasia” in that case?

Anyway, this won’t be a big problem for me, even though I run a couple of groups. I do think, however, that Facebook shoots itself in the foot when it “punishes” people for minor crap like this, but ignores the really personal, toxic shit people post to each other all the time. Eventually, people will move on from Facebook, when someone comes up with something better. You know it will happen, too, because there was a time when people couldn’t live without MySpace. Look what happened to that quaint artifact from the early 2000s. Every time this happens, to me or to other people, I think Facebook sucks more.

Moving on…

I did succeed in making a music video yesterday. I can do it better, though… Bill came home unexpectedly while I was recording, so I wrapped up my session sooner than I would have. Anyway, if you’re curious, here it is. Keep in mind, I literally learned this song yesterday, and I do this strictly for fun and artistic purposes. I’m not a professional in any capacity of the word. πŸ˜‰

It’s a pretty song. Maybe it would be better for me in a higher key, although I do enjoy occasionally exploring the low registers of my voice.

The other annoying thing that has happened so far today is this… I happen to love Beth Nielsen Chapman’s music. I use Apple Music to organize my library. I’m sure there are better options, but I don’t have the time or inclination to look for them. Consequently, sometimes I try to manually maintain the library, especially when I get double entries for the same songs on the same albums. For some reason, when I tried to delete some duplicate tracks, Apple Music inexplicably deleted my whole BNC catalog.

I still had the songs on my computer, of course, but they weren’t being recognized by Apple Music. Moreover, when I went looking for the files, they were all listed individually, instead of in a big file. I ended up having to manually adding over 100 songs back to Apple Music. And I had to do that twice, because when I had the same problem after fixing it the first time, the same thing happened. The positive side of this, of course, is that I got to be reminded of what a great songwriter BNC is, and how many of her songs I love. I continue to improve my guitar skills, so maybe someday, I can tackle a couple of her songs that I can’t find backing tracks for.

One final event that will happen today is that I will be getting a new iPad. The one I’ve been using is getting hard to charge. At this point, it is possible to charge it, but it’s a pain to do it. I decided to go with an iPad Pro, because I use the iPad a lot when we travel, and want the better camera that comes with it. I have it on my phone, and it is superior to what comes with the lower models. I also got an Apple Pencil and a Smart Keyboard Folio, because as long as I was making the order, I figured “what the hell”.

The next big purchase I want to make somewhat soon is a new car… and I want that simply because my old car is 13 years old and has an obsolete stereo. πŸ˜‰ But as I rarely drive, we can definitely wait on doing that.

Because I’m waiting on an expensive electronics device, I have to wait to walk the dogs, which I know will annoy them. But, at least we have some rain, at long last. It’s been so dry lately… I doubt we’ll get much rain today, but whatever falls will be much welcome, if only to cool things off.

And finally… just for my political friends, check out this ad for Ryann McEnany’s conservative dating app, “The Right Stuff”. Ryann is the sister of former Trump press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany. This kind of makes me want to puke… but I’m sure some people will love it.

ROTTEN.

This sounds like a bad idea for many reasons… I recommend listening to Farron Balanced’s video for reasons why this dating app potentially sucks. Generally speaking, I agree with the host’s comments about not necessarily cutting out people with different political leanings. On the other hand, politics has changed wildly in the Trump era.

I never thought I’d swear off voting for Republicans, but yet here I am. I heard Liz Cheney’s concession speech, as she was beaten in her primary race by a Trump devotee. I don’t like Liz’s politics, but she’s at least fair, decent, and sane. I hope she can make a comeback. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of her, especially as Trump goes down in flames. But for the time being, Liz Cheney’s dedication for not championing sociopathic wannabe dictators has cost her. Maybe she’ll run for president, though. So we’ll see.

Well, I think I’ll sign off now, and play some guitar. Hopefully, the new toy will get here soon, and I can get set up with my new iPad while I wait to be sprung from Facebook Jail… AGAIN.

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6 thoughts on “I am, once again, a Facebook inmate…

  1. I agree. The bots (and few humans) that “oversee” Facebook’s “Community Standards” are, to put it succinctly, stupid. They ding users for ridiculous things, such as your three-word-comment re the Traitor-in-Chief or (in my case) a photo of a Florida bar’s common-sense policies about masks and COVID-19 vaccination documentation. The appeals process is Kafkaesque, to put it mildly, and (in our cases) never goes the way we need it to. Yet, toxic, nasty, and cruel comments (usually, but not always, by right-wingers from a lot of countries) are allowed to stand when you report them.

    Facebook will be part of my life until, as you say, something better comes along. I, too, had a MySpace account back in the early Aughts…or Oh-Ohs, or Uh-Ohs, but I left it when Facebook was the “new hot social network.” I still use it because it’s my main connection to friends and family, plus I enjoy the groups I am a member of. But…sometimes I wonder if Zuckerberg is a closet conservative, or if many of the folks at Meta who run Facebook’s day-to-day operations are right-wingers because rude, toxic, and misogynist conservatives tend to get away with their comments, while centrists and liberals get tossed in Facebook jail for the most minor of “offenses.”

    • I barely used my MySpace account and have only recently started using Twitter. If I quit FB, anyone who cares about me will just have to read my blogs. πŸ˜‰

  2. Susan says:

    Speaking of FB, did you send me a PM last night via Messenger?
    Asking how I and my family were? I didn’t think it sounded like you, but stranger things have happened.

    • Sigh, no that wasn’t me… Was it from Instagram? Because someone else told me that my profile photo was ripped off from Facebook and put on Instagram. I reported the profile, and I hope you will, too.

  3. The facebook bots are really stupid and they are doling out punishments pretty randomly. Everyone is sick of them. Before any punishment is doled out they should have a person look at it but they want to save money. They know that people have no viable alternative. There’s no social media similar to Facebook that is as popular.

    I think close to 100% of Facebook users hate Facebook and yet we all use it because we want to keep in touch with friends, far away family and people with similar interests.

    • Exactly. I would lose touch with a lot of people. Plus, social media feeds my blogs. But I am pretty sick of overhanded bots and getting stupid, annoying punishments for innocuous postings. Meanwhile, they don’t do a damned thing about the slimy bottom feeders who rip off Facebook profiles for nefarious purposes.

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