“Someone must have been telling tales about Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he was arrested.” — The Trial, by Franz Kafka
Facebook is the dystopian future of our nightmares. It’s a bastard chimera of Orwell, Kafka, Huxley and Atwood. Its “Community Standards” are enforced by faceless craven commissars. They make China’s “Social Credit” look transparent and accountable. They rule through fear, threatening to separate us from our friends and families for thougthcrime.
Hi, I’m Roger. I’m back after another 30 day ban from Facebook, for criticising homophobia and sexism. Yes Facebook, which expressly allows promoting violence against non-compliant women, banned me for saying homophobia and sexism are bad things. …
I’ve written before about absurdities in discussions of trans issues. How self-declared progressives came to promote violence against non-compliant women and to call sexual attraction transphobic is surely a wonder of the age.
It often seems that when progressive politics talks about diversity and inclusion, what it really means is everyone having the one, same, correct opinion on important issues.
This is endemic in trans activism, as shown by the evolution of the UK’s leading LGBT charity Stonewall, which it says:
…was founded in 1989 by people whose aim was to create a highly professional lobbying organisation to put the case for sexual orientation equality on the mainstream political agenda. …
There’s a lot more heat than light when discussing Trans Issues.
One area that causes even more confusion than most is that of sexual preferences.
Veronica Ivy (formerly Rachel McKinnon), a trans philosopher and champion cyclist, once claimed that any sexual orientation other than “pansexual” (attraction regardless of sex) was immoral because it would exclude people based on their genitals.
While this was widely ridiculed even within trans activism, it’s a common theme that not considering someone as a romantic or sexual partner because they are trans is “transphobic”.
Ryan Butcher, the editor of Pink News, tells us the definition of “transphobia” is not accepting a trans person as the gender they identify as. …
Earlier this week, I wrote an article on Facebook’s Community Standards allow the promotion of violence against women, following on from some recent satirical memes I’d created on this topic for my page Satiria.
I sent a link to Facebook’s Press Office. They’ve been kind enough to discuss previous things I’ve written about Facebook in the past.
One issue I raised, for example, was how trans activists either within Facebook or with an intimate knowledge of its working, were able to manipulate Facebook’s moderation practices to effectively push dissenting voices off it’s platform.
This time they’ve yet to respond, but clearly someone has been paying attention. The day after I published my article, I found myself unable to post articles to Satiria. I was able to “Report An Issue” using the Facebook page, and posting privileges were soon restored. …
Many crazy things have happened in 2020. One you may have missed, is Facebook’s Community Standards allowing the promotion of violence against women.
It’s not surprising that you didn’t know about this. My mother always told me women were invisible. She has pretty solid feminist credentials. In the 1960s, she was threatened with expulsion from teacher training for sunbathing in a bikini. In the 1970s, she had difficulty getting a mortgage because of her sex. You couldn’t just identify in or out of oppression in those days. She wasn’t “assigned” a gender at birth. She was a woman, and that was that. In the 1980s, she was told off in a women’s group for wearing makeup. …
Regarding Amazon, “Alexa” means their Alexa Voice Service which includes third party services (like our skills) and other related Software.
When you use our skills you have to talk to Alexa. This voice input is sent to Amazon and us where we use it to understand what our skill should do for you. …
Scotland prides itself on being open, inclusive, civic, and internationalist.
But Scotland, like other progressive countries, has developed a blind spot to one particular type of intolerance.
This has led to a bizarre situation where sexism and homophobia are not just resurgent, but also stifling public discourse.
I’m talking about the explosive growth in Gender Activism.
Imagine I came to you and said I was black. Imagine I said I had always been black. …
The Guardian has some predictably terrible coverage of the Yaniv #waxmyballs fiasco.
It quotes a tweet thread which mentions Canadian Feminist Meghan Murphy, permanentanly banned from Twitter for reporting that Yaniv is a bioligical male.
Guardian Rent-a-Minority (no really, that’s one of her actual jobs) Arwa Mahdawi writes:
“While the Yaniv case has been going on for a while now, you may not have heard much about it, as it has largely been covered by the rightwing press. The sort of outlets that normally joke about consent and women’s rights are now outraged that women are being forced to handle male genitalia against their will. …
I’m writing to ask you to save your platform from disaster, and reverse the absurd ban you’ve imposed on hundreds of people, mainly women, all apparently due to “activism” associated with Jessica Yaniv (@TrustedNerd).
You emailed me on 12 July 2019 saying my twitter account @RogSat had been permanently banned, with the following ridiculous allegation:
Your account has been suspended and will not be restored because it was found to be violating Twitter’s Terms of Service, specifically the Twitter Rules against hateful conduct.
You went on to explain:
It is against our rules to promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. …
Dear Facebook & Facebook Press Office
I’d be very grateful if you could confirm that the following joke is acceptable within Facebook’s Community Standards.
I ask, because the following jokes was deemed unacceptable and deserving of a 30 day ban from Facebook, even though it was not (of course) actually calling for women to be silenced, but was in fact a joke about women being silenced.
I can see from other posts on Facebook, that joking about Throatpunching TERFs is acceptable, even tho jokes about women being silenced are not acceptable.
If I do not hear from you within 24 hours, I will assume that our joke highlighting Facebook’s bizarre and misogynist moderation policies is acceptable under your community standards. …