Facebook Ban on Monetization for STP is Permanent

Facebook required me to submit a defense of my comment to an oversight board that randomly selects cases to review, and they warned me that the case may never even get examined.

Facebook Ban on Monetization for STP is Permanent
"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.

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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.