I Am One of the Over 800 Pages Purged from Facebook

The "F" in Facebook does not stand for Freedom of Speech!

Elizabeth Dwoskin Tony Romm in a column titled “Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing political messages for profit” reported:

Facebook said on Thursday [October 11, 2018] that it has purged more than 800 U.S. publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically oriented content that violated the company’s spam policies, a move that could reignite accusations of political censorship.

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Facebook said it was not removing the publishers and accounts because of the type of content they posted but because of the behaviors they engaged in, including spamming Facebook groups with identical pieces of content, unauthorized coordination and using fake profiles.

When I went to my personal Facebook page today I got the message “Your Account Has Been Disabled.”

I do not, nor have I ever, monetized my Facebook page or my eMagazine www.DrRichSwier.com. My website is a Florida limited liability corporation. I do not spam other Facebook pages or conduct “unauthorized coordination.” I put links only on Facebook pages that have given me permission to do so. I am not a Russian bot, nor am I using a fake profile. Our eMagazine publishes articles from forty contributors including many considered conservative such as: The Daily Signal, Family Research Council, The Daily Caller, The Catholic Thing and many individual authors.

Facebook provided a link to the following information:

Why was my account disabled?

Your account was disabled for violating the Facebook Terms.

Our Policies

  • Your account must list your authentic name.
  • Personal accounts must represent individual people only. It’s a violation of our policies to use a personal profile to represent anything other than yourself (ex: celebrities, pets, ideas, objects, etc.).
  • Impersonating anyone or anything is not allowed.
  • Maintaining multiple accounts is a violation of our policies.
  • Accounts created for the purpose of spamming or harassing others are strictly prohibited.

Learn More

For more information about our policies, please review the Facebook Community Standards. If you think your account was disabled by mistake, please let us know.

I have sent Facebook two means of identification as they require to reinstate my Facebook page. I will keep you informed on how this episode comes out.

UPDATE: After I submitted proof of identity to Facebook I received the following in an email dated Thu, Oct 11, 7:47 PM titled “Thank you for submitting your ID”:

Hi Richard,

Thanks for confirming your identity. We’ve unlocked your account, and you should now be able to login. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

If you have any problems getting back into your account, please let us know.

Thanks,

Jack McQueen

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