I enjoy Facebook. It helps me stay in touch with friends, and share things, like pictures of cats. I also share my blog posts about my garden. And today, for no apparent reason, Facebook sent me a message that the link to my blog was in violation of its community standards, and didn't allow the link to be posted on my page. The error message said, "You can't post this because it has a blocked link". Since it's a blog post about gardening, which I'd posted from many times before, I clicked on the "If you think you're seeing this by mistake, please let use know" and sent them a simple message that it was my gardening blog.
|Error message if a link has been blocked by Facebook for Community Standards|
Interestingly enough, I got an email almost immediately. Of course, it was automatically generated, because there wouldn't be enough people in the world to handle all of this personally. Facebook is gigantic! It said, Hi, Thanks for taking the time to submit this report. While we don't currently provide individual support for this issue, the information will help us identify bugs on your site."
Of course, my blog isn't in violation of community standards. I'm writing about gardening - you know, flowers, that sort of thing. So, if it makes you feel any better, it's a bug on their site. You haven't done anything wrong, you aren't in violation of community standards. But Facebook likes to be cautious - they take down stuff right away, and ask questions later. This may sound like "guilty until proven innocent" and a bit harsh, but when you consider how many people would love to post inappropriate stuff, just for a few minutes, on Facebook, you gotta admit it makes sense.
In the meantime, I've learned something. Social media sites can do stuff like this, and that it's all being done by "bots" who are doing the best they can (not people). Luckily, my business doesn't rely on Facebook, or any social media, which is why I pay for my website to be hosted. If I have a problem there, I can talk to someone right away and get it resolved. With Facebook, all you can do is hope that they work out whatever particular bug got you. Still, it does seem kind'a weird to have the door shut in your face with no reason given. Unless, of course you want to go to the Frequently Asked Questions.
Update a few minutes later. I got to pondering this glitch and wondered what would happen if I just copied and pasted and created a new blog post that was exactly the same as the other one. If worked fine being posted on Facebook. Bugs! Always bothering gardeners!