"MC Reymer silly talk. my guess with a comment this stupid, you are a bit of an imbecile." (sp)
Due to this comment, Facebook has decided that I am wholly banned from monetizing on my Smashing The Party page. Forever.
I cannot find the context of the comment, but I am sure that I was saying it in defense of something indefensible. I believe my comment was in regards to misinformation.
Facebook acted swiftly. They performed a 24-hour ban. Next, Facebook required me to submit a defense of my comment to an oversight board that randomly selects cases to review. Smashing The Party's chances of being reinstated on their monetization policy appear to be 0.000000001%. They state that the selection process is random and that there is a good chance no one will ever see my appeal. By this measure, I have concluded there is a zero percent chance this will be overturned for all practical purposes. There is now a permanent internal record at Facebook that deems me a "bully."
I shouldn't have said it. It was a moment of weakness, and if this becomes permanent, I will have no choice but to speed up my departure from Facebook. Thankfully, I have many options, and it only reinforces my need to have a completely independent platform. This blog is one of them, and I have many other outlets. My dream of having a "giant megaphone for change" lives on.
Almost every Thanksgiving holiday, something weird like this happens and eventually forces my hand, requiring me to up my game. I was off this platform for five years, and if you listen to my live streams, I have been using this platform as a training ground. Well, it looks like they are giving me a little push to get on with it. Universe, I hear you.
It is laughable in the grand scheme of things considering what I am trying to do with my voice. But it is a lesson learned, and it means I need to have a platform where I can speak freely while I also need to take responsibility for things I say, regardless if I feel they were innocuous. The larger the megaphone, the more responsibility I will have to make sure I use powerful, precise, yet untargeted language.
Have they ever listened to my live streams? Funny, this was the comment that broke the camel's back.