My blog is automatically posted to Facebook. Apparently, and I am only guessing because of the maze of Facebook rules, these postings have violated Facebook’s standards. I cannot imagine the complexity of managing Facebook’s millions of users; without question it can only be handled by computers. Those computers are programed to recognize some sort of pattern, maybe hate speech, or advocating violence and no doubt, a long list of other social offenses.
Because of my apparent violations of something my account has been suspended. It is also not clear, but the length of the suspension will be based on how seriously I have violated the community standards.
Do I care? Probably not. I do run ads on Facebook that have also been blocked. In a strange way it is almost reassuring to be in violation of something regarding Facebook. The odd thing is that I cannot access this account but the “automatic” posting of the blog and newsletter is still happening; and since that is the only thing that I’m posting, it is those posts that must be the violation source. It is ironic, and I like that. The net effect of their policing is to stop me from placing ads—their source of revenue (not that my ads matter a twit).
Many people, especially politicians, think of Facebook as a quasi-utility, like phones, electricity, or something. It is not. It is a privately owned business offering a service supported by advertising. They can decide what is on their site, not the government or Ted Clifton, and I’m okay with that, more power to them.
One of the other catch-all pieces in their standards is misusing copyrighted material, I might have violated that, unknowingly. This could have happened by using certain graphics, such as book covers form Amazon—not sure about that, but if so; oh well.
My solution could involve fully understanding and adhering to Facebook’s standards or just stop posting on Facebook. I’m going with the easiest path, just stop posting these blogs to Facebook (they will still be posted to twitter @1952Legacy). Maybe after a while Facebook will feel I’ve been “punished” enough and make my account active again, if not; well, life goes on.
One of the Success Paths business books is about ready to be published. Been thinking about how to handle that in relationship to my mystery books. Would someone be less likely to buy the “How to Sell Your Business Without a Broker” book if they thought I also wrote mystery books? Why would they care? Would my credibility as a CPA and serious “guy” be damaged?
There’s no doubt, this is an odd mix. Mysteries and “How To” books. Can’t imagine mystery book buyers caring at all if I also wrote business books, but maybe a business book buyer would think this is odd and choose someone else for this arcane knowledge. In that regard; at one time, I thought about using a pen name. Maybe Mark Twain. Of course, that could be confusing since most people would not associate Mark Twain with business financial matters.
I know, how about “Anonymous”. Plenty of books have been written by anonymous so where is the harm. Would you buy a book written by someone unknown about how to do anything? Probably not!
The final decision was to just let it fly with the wind. The business books and the mysteries are all written by the same person, me. If that causes a problem, I will just file it into my expanding folder labeled ‘Facebook Issues’ and forget about it.
On occasion I have complained about readers reviews. Usually about reviews that don’t seem to make sense or are focused on my occasional use of “offensive language”, okay maybe a bit more than occasional, although I’m not real sure what is offensive language considering the wide us of most once so-called bad words.
I almost never comment on the bulk of my reviews—because they are so good. It sounds like bragging to me, and my mother was strict on that type of behavior. Of course, she was also opposed to some of my language choices. Fortunately, for me, she was not able to read any of my books—she might have made a bad review about my language if she had.
There was a recent reader review for the Series Starter Box Set which I’m going to pass along.
“Ted Clifton is a very good professional storyteller. He gives enough information and insight into to his characters that it then allows the readers to color in the rest. This journey with Mr. Clifton has resulted in hours of reading pleasure.”
I think that might be the best review I have received. Giving a reader “reading pleasure” is the ultimate “high five”. Thank you very much reader for your comment, it was very much appreciated.