Such a quaint greeting, isn’t it?
They weren’t too glad I was there when they banned me this morning just for existing outside of societal norms. That’s right, I was banned on Facebook.
This morning, the 19th of May, I decided to send out a global message asking users to send people to my atheism group. We were in need of forty at that time to get to one thousand members, and had two days in which to do it. Well, for our two month anniversary of creation.
Shortly after sending the message, probably not more than thirty minutes later, I got an email saying someone was adding me as a friend on Facebook. So I go to confirm this random person as a friend and get the message that my account has now been permanently disabled. A second person tries to add me anyway somehow.
What went wrong? Why did this happen?
The fatal flaw was this: when I joined, I was going to join under no network because I’m homeschooled and have been since 2002. I selected high school first to see if there was a network for homeschooled people, and there wasn’t. So I selected no network and tried to join only to end up not being able to. So on a whim I selected the local high school and went ahead. That was about two months ago, I believe.
I ignored the message for a while thinking nothing would happen, but clearly did. I thank Facebook for giving me good warning time and giving me plenty of time to get confirmed or realign myself with another school that I also don’t go to. But that’s not good enough.
My account, which I put dozens of hours into working on, is now gone. My founder status in my group stripped from me (though I remain admin on the group under my new account, pseudonym Kirk Hayden), and all my friends left clueless as to what happened.
This is, quite frankly, an outrage.
Facebook is often called the more mature version of MySpace, it’s better designed, better coded, and better ran. Of course, its rules and requirements are absolute balls. You can’t register under a fake name? That struck me as odd.
I’m not sure what I can say really, except for homeschoolers should be given their own option. It would be easy to put in, and wouldn’t alienate over one million of us in the US alone.
I like Facebook, but this is a bit annoying. One thought that keeps running through my head is the thought that someone on Facebook staff must’ve laughed and said it was my fault for registering in a school I don’t go to when I sent them an email, but it’s not my fault that I’m about 1/300th of the American population in terms of what group I belong to.
If anyone wants to add me, my new account is now on the side again, and my atheism group is as well. Le sigh.