How Ridiculous Is Facebook? Consider This…

We have a two-part story for you, and when we’re done you’ll likely agree that the world’s most popular social media platform desperately deserves to go the way of MySpace – because if Facebook is this stupid, extinction is really the only remedy.

A couple of weeks back, we had the story of the EEOC’s hilariously-stupid lawsuit alleging racist harassment of black employees at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge oil refinery, built on the basis of slip-knots tied on pull-ropes hanging from scaffolds on the property. See that piece here.

You’ll notice at the link that the image at the top of the page is a diagram for tying a slip knot – and its appearance when finished can resemble a hangman’s noose if tied a certain way. As we now have an entire class of people so susceptible to being triggered by small things that a simple knot tied on the end of a rope is for them an unmistakable signal that the Ku Klux Klan is alive and well and coming for them, this is apparently provocative.

And Facebook was “concerned” about the image. Not because slip knots are racist, but because someone somewhere has hung himself.

So this happened

And on my Facebook page I’m told my account is “restricted…”

Why? Well…

And what was shared was…

Then a few days later came this…

So that’s what you get with Facebook’s algorithm. It’s an app built for snowflakes who get triggered by drawings of slip knots.

So you’d figure all kinds of things would land people in that app’s little social gulag. At least, that’s what I figured. It seems like they’re always finding things to scold me for.

But apparently the jail isn’t as welcoming as you’d think. Because a couple of days ago, under a post about Taylor Swift and how she seems to be one of the world’s worst girlfriends (based on the fact that all of her songs are about breakups and she’s now lecturing men on how to apologize to women), there was this, which is not safe for work…

Go look this person up, which I did, as it’s a total stranger I’ve never had a connection with, and what you’ll see is somebody who really does need an intervention. This is a legitimately insane human being who might well be a danger to herself and others.


So I reported the comment. Not that I can’t handle the vulgarity or the threats of violence. I’ve had death threats thrown my way more than once while doing this site.

No, I reported it because I wanted to see what would happen. After all, if pictures of slip knots taken out of context could be enough for Facebook jail, then certainly this would, right?


So that’s a tour through Facebook’s “community standards” and their algorithms.

Yesterday, Congress raked the CEO of TikTok over the coals over privacy and data mining concerns, and rightly so. TikTok is a Chinese communist app which is committing espionage against some 150 million Americans who are unwittingly giving up practically every byte of their personal data, and it’s unacceptable for a hostile foreign power to have that much intelligence on us.

But what wasn’t said was that Facebook does everything TikTok does and more.

And yet this is how aggressively stupid an app Facebook is.

What lessons can we take from this? Hell, I have no idea. But it’s unnerving that one of the biggest, richest companies on earth could be this poorly run and not collapsing.

At least, not yet. Who knows what will happen in the near future?

Should Facebook take a massive plunge and disappear under the waves like MySpace did, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise – and it wouldn’t be particularly hard to explain.



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