Wednesday, February 4, 2015
We're Revolting--More So Than Usual!
Those of you who follow the blogs of my partner in crime, William Kendall or know him from Facebook already know that he's in Facebook Jail. If you don't already know what that means, Facebook Jail is a suspension for any variety of offenses that leaves the user unable to post, like or comment on the site. The details of how this came about are on his own blog.
This is William's second suspension. The first lasted for three days. The second was for seven days and was to have been lifted last Friday--but he is still unable to be active on the site. Some of us have rallied to support him, first on Facebook, posting about the situation and urging Facebook to make things right (I even posted a link to William's blog post on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page), then on Twitter--which caused a bit of a misunderstanding for one person who saw our Tweets:
Maybe I should have chosen #FreeFacebookJailbird as the hashtag...or #FacebookRevolt...or something, anything, that wouldn't look like I was looking for a wayward boyfriend! (I have to admit that I do find it funny, though.)
Anything posted online can lead to misunderstandings. I've had a problem with my Facebook author page. It was originally named Beishir Books, the label I chose as my self-publishing "publisher." Collin even designed a pretty cool logo for the paperback editions. The problem is that it has prompted some aspiring authors to query me, looking to get published with Beishir Books! The latest came a few days ago. I received a message via Facebook that made no sense to me. I'm guessing it was a translation issue. I asked the sender to clarify. She wanted to know if I was accepting submissions for an anthology.
I did a double take on my page. Did I post something that looked like I was an actual publisher seeking submissions? No. Did I mention doing an anthology? No.
WTF? (I'm pretty sure everyone knows what that means....)
So...would everybody reading this (except you spammers--you just go away) please join our campaign to bring William back to Facebook? The more people who make noise, the more likely we are to get results. Thanks!
2/6/15 Update: I received an email from friend/fellow author/blogger Shelly Arkon. She, too, has been suspended by Facebook, while another Facebook author friend, Cassandra Jones, has been continually harassed on her page by a woman Facebook refuses to suspend. Censorship at work? Sure sounds like it. At any rate, they can't silence us unless we allow it. I've posted for William and now for Shelly in their absence. If I'm suspended, I'll get Collin to post for me. We'll say what we need to say one way or another.