This morning when I logged into Dallas Voice’s Facebook page, I got the following message:
Please Read This!
Content that you shared on Facebook has been removed because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Shares that contain nudity, pornography, or graphic sexual content, are not permitted on Facebook. This message serves as a warning. Additional violations may result in the termination of your account. Please read the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities carefully and refrain from posting abusive material in the future. Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
I initially had no clue what they were referring to, and of course they don’t bother to tell you. So I just clicked “Acknowledge,” because they really don’t give you a choice. Then I checked our Inbox, and it appears the warning was the result of a complaint by one of our so-called “friends,” who also sent us a message saying he objected to the above photo of Gaybingo co-host Jenna Skyy, which accompanied our post about the event’s 10th anniversary last weekend. I checked and, sure enough, the post had been removed from our page. Here’s what our friend wrote about the photo in his message to us:
“It violates the TOS. Please remove it and be more understanding in the future about people who read your newspaper have kids who might see it. Please take into accounts that children might see the post and be more socially responsible. Sexually explicit pictures or movies that show nudity does not ever belong on facebook. Please think about the kids who might see it. Porn has a time and place, but not on facebook.”
Porn? Really? First of all, even if Jenna’s breasts were real, I regularly see far more sexually explicit photos on Facebook. But they’re not real, they’re fuckin’ fake. And if you watch the video in the post, you’ll see that she’s actually in the process of removing them. But she covered them with her arm anyway. Covered fake breasts are porn? This loser must have an interesting sex life.
The fact is this same “friend,” whom we won’t identify here, has been a nuisance for some time — leaving ridiculous comments on our page accusing us of being part of some big gay Republican conspiracy. After I found out he had complained about our photo, I finally deleted him. But what really bothers me is the fact that Facebook agreed with him and issued a warning with no questions asked, and without providing any way to contact them.
On that note, I thought I’d let you know that Dallas Voice is now on Google+.