I Was Naughty

My Ash Wednesday Reflections post, along with a few others, were taken down by the F B police for “violating community standards”, as defined by:


Every day, people come to Facebook to share their stories, see the world through the eyes of others, and connect with friends and causes. The conversations that happen on Facebook reflect the diversity of a community of more than two billion people communicating across countries and cultures and in dozens of languages, posting everything from text to photos and videos.

We recognize how important it is for Facebook to be a place where people feel empowered to communicate, and we take our role in keeping abuse off our service seriously. That’s why we have developed a set of Community Standards that outline what is and is not allowed on Facebook. Our Standards apply around the world to all types of content. They’re designed to be comprehensive – for example, content that might not be considered hate speech may still be removed for violating our bullying policies.

The goal of our Community Standards is to encourage expression and create a safe environment. We base our policies on input from our community and from experts in fields such as technology and public safety. Our policies are also rooted in the following principles:

Safety: People need to feel safe in order to build community. We are committed to removing content that encourages real-world harm, including (but not limited to) physical, financial, and emotional injury.

Voice: Our mission is all about embracing diverse views. We err on the side of allowing content, even when some find it objectionable, unless removing that content can prevent a specific harm. Moreover, at times we will allow content that might otherwise violate our standards if we feel that it is newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest. We do this only after weighing the public interest value of the content against the risk of real-world harm.

Equity: Our community is global and diverse. Our policies may seem broad, but that is because we apply them consistently and fairly to a community that transcends regions, cultures, and languages. As a result, our Community Standards can sometimes appear less nuanced than we would like, leading to an outcome that is at odds with their underlying purpose. For that reason, in some cases, and when we are provided with additional context, we make a decision based on the spirit, rather than the letter, of the policy.

Everyone on Facebook plays a part in keeping the platform safe and respectful. We ask people to share responsibly and to let us know when they see something that may violate our Community Standards. We make it easy for people to report potentially violating content, including Pages, Groups, profiles, individual content, and/or comments to us for review. We also give people the option to block, unfollow, or hide people and posts, so that they can control their own experience on Facebook.

The consequences for violating our Community Standards vary depending on the severity of the violation and a person’s history on the platform. For instance, we may warn someone for a first violation, but if they continue to violate our policies, we may restrict their ability to post on Facebook or disable their profile. We also may notify law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or a direct threat to public safety.

Our Community Standards, which we will continue to develop over time, serve as a guide for how to communicate on Facebook. It is in this spirit that we ask members of the Facebook community to follow these guidelines.

This reminds me of a scene dealing with authority from one of my favorite movies:

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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14 Responses to I Was Naughty

  1. E. says:

    Ridiculous. Absurd. Bigoted. Anti-Christian. Snowflakey. E.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. josiesvoice says:

    I really could not LIKE this post for today. I went over your Ash Wednesday blog again and I honestly did not see anything offensive religious-wise . And I am Catholic! I thought that the blog depicts how one went through life experiencing hardships, apparently repenting for his sins and asking for God’s help. Such themes go for any religion. I think that the one who reported it to Facebook had either a language problem,therefore it got lost in translation, a closeted atheist outed you or FB just got too overtly cautious and PC because of all the heat their founder MZ is getting lately regarding leaks and confidentiality issues.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ray V. says:

      I’m Catholic also. So that’s how it works, someone complains?

      Liked by 1 person

      • josiesvoice says:

        Someone somehow did complain but it did not get vetted thoroughly by its editor. And I do not mean spell-check nor grammar. I do not do FB nor have an account from it so i do not know how they operate. I do not know if you can appeal it but it is sad that in the spirit of the Lenten season, it gets to be misinterpreted . It is not as if you are giving a blow by blow account of the actual crucifixion process. That would be too graphic and could be a censorship risk. Just saying.

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  3. You’re not naughty, FB is out of their minds.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. You can ask for clarification and request that they look again but you may well just get a standard reply!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Dale says:

    Ridonkulous. There is some serious crap on Facebook that SHOULD be taken down. How in the name of all that is Holy is your Ash Wednesday post eligible for such treatment?

    Another friend has had a couple of her posts taken down. She writes POETRY – and nothing offensive whatsoever.

    I have no words, Ray.

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  6. Debra says:

    I am not on FB anymore, so I don’t know a thing about what is currently deemed “acceptable” or not, but this strikes me as really disturbing. So it seems the only safe way to proceed and not get tagged is share cat videos? I’m really bothered by this.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Stephen Landry says:

    Unbelievable. The piece was beautiful. Facebook is out of its ever lovin mind!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Good grief… FB can be so stupid……and now….hmmmmm I wonder what would happen if I share that particular post to FB????? Maybe we should ALL share it to FB and see what happens?

    Liked by 1 person

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