Facebook finds certain links abusive…?

Occasionally I post things to FaceBook that I don’t post here, because I don’t have the time to go into the detail I think is needed to make it a good blog entry, but on FB you can post just a link and let people make their own comments, without having to go into any detail at all.

So today I was going to post a link to FB, about the historicity (or lack there of), contradictions, of the typically understood stories of the life and death of jesus. This link is to a well thought out article that goes into GREAT detail as to why he takes the stance he does.

So when I go to post this link to FB, I receive the following message:

In all honesty, I have not read the full article yet, much less his supporting links (so far I have read the first few sections, and skimmed the rest, hoping to come back to it after work and read the rest). But from what I have read/skimmed, there is nothing offensive, nothing abusive, nothing other than the reasonable opinion of one person, backed up by what seems to be quite a bit of evidence.

While obviously not everybody will agree with the position the author takes; to call this article abusive is itself an abuse of the system set in place by FB to stop:

content that we deem to be harmful, threatening, unlawful, defamatory, infringing, abusive, inflammatory, harassing, vulgar, obscene, fraudulent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

The purpose of my post here is not neccesarily to discuss the arguments made on this link (I will most certainly do a full post on that at a later date), but to discuss the merits of that link being banned by FB, whether those who tagged it as “abusive” are themselves abusing the sytstem, and where the line should be with regards to material that is actually “abusive” vs content that somebody disagrees with.


About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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7 Responses to Facebook finds certain links abusive…?

  1. sunnyskeptic says:

    So Facebook is to social networking as EHarmony is to online dating?

    • Rodibidably says:

      Hehe, next thing you know men interested in men ,and women interested in women will “accidentally” be deleted or blocked…

      I could understand banning a link IF there was hate-speech or something truly offensive; but the only even remotely “controversial” thing about that link, is that it says the jebus myths are fiction.

  2. hambydammit says:

    When are we going to get a social network that isn’t run by religious kiss asses?


  3. Joe says:

    Same thing happened to me because I posted this link – http://rationalists.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/top-10-clues-obamas-an-atheist – god damn religious zealots!

    I might start marking anything overtly religious as abusive now – might as well. There’s obviously a hard-core of religious nuts combing the web and attempting to censor anything that doesn’t agree with their superstitious beliefs.

  4. Jan Louis says:

    actually, it is not just the specific link that Facebook has marked abusive. All the links from the same domain are automatically marked abusive. I found out about this when I tried posting a link to a specific post i wrote in my blog. The post is about the new iPods and they found it “abusive.” What’s abusive about a blog post about iPods? I did a little research. The answer is found here: http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=18262

    What ticks me though is the fact that they don’t give the reported links any due process. What if there is nothing “abusive” in the link? Another problem is the lack of direct communication to anyone behind Facebook.

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