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Blocked from Facebook!

Update: the person in question contacted me and denied reporting the comment. He further said he had removed all of his comments on the thread because “… it became clear to me your page a was a forum for angry people to vent and I wanted no part of that.” According to him, people have been sending him hateful missives because of a live link on this page [which came when I copy-pasted the offending comment from the Facebook warning]. I have no idea what’s right or wrong in this, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s asked me to remove his name from this post, and also the comments in which he’s mentioned. So that’s what I’ve done. 

Just been blocked from the Iceland Weather Report Facebook page for posting a comment in which I responded to a rather acerbic comment from a follower.

The discussion was about Iceland changing the language of signs that are meant to alert tourists to closed roads, from Icelandic to English. People were generally discussing the issue, until the commenter launched into a tirade. My response to him was this:

Wow. Actually [name] the only anger I perceive in this thread is your comment. The rest is just discussion.

Apparently Facebook considers this a violation of its community standards, and has blocked me from posting for the next 12 hours.

BIZARRE.

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  • Lissa September 18, 2013, 8:15 pm

    He or she must have complained. If no one complains, they don’t do anything. I say far more offensive things all the time, and we won’t even go in to the racist tea bagger crap that crosses my FB feed (I have wonderful, lovely friends who have drunk the Kool Aid).

  • Lissa September 18, 2013, 8:17 pm

    Looks like a fake account, too. Only content is a couple stock pictures, only one comment.

  • alda September 18, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Wow. Yes, I figured he’d complained. Didn’t know the account was bogus. MAN. Might be time to ditch FB and start posting to the blog again.

  • Bret Moore September 18, 2013, 8:23 pm

    as my wife says, FB is for cute pictures of kids and cats, nothing else.

  • Chris September 18, 2013, 8:54 pm

    Sounds like its about time to stop posting on facebook and go back to your blog. This is your own house with your own rules.

  • alda September 18, 2013, 9:12 pm

    The plot thickens: all of this [name] character’s comments have now vanished from the FB thread. WTF?

  • alda September 18, 2013, 9:19 pm

    @Chris – sadly, my first impulse was to “like” your comment. 🙂

  • Guillaume September 18, 2013, 10:18 pm

    By the way, I think you should open comments on this blog. It would let people who are not on Facebook comment your articles. Your blog doesn’t deserve being locked up like that :-).

  • alda September 18, 2013, 10:39 pm

    If I decide to start writing here regularly again, I will. But otherwise it’s just too much of a bother to have them open.

  • Steve September 19, 2013, 8:38 am

    Everyone can read a blog and not everyone uses Facebook. I hope you come back to the open web!

  • Randy Southerland September 19, 2013, 11:17 am

    Facebook operates on “punish first and don’t ask questions later”. And trolls like this guy know how to game the system in order to get back at you. Sadly, Facebook has in many ways ceased being a place for discussion and the exchange of ideas.

  • thora September 19, 2013, 2:06 pm

    my cousin was all of a sudden banned from facebook which subsequently contacted him and asked him to verify that he was an actual person and not a bogus gaming account. he uses his facebook to play online games designed for facebook and I guess someone he beat in the game got a little pissed. so the dangers are everywhere. a little sad though when people are loosing their pictures and nic nac´s they keep in there. one way to try to solve this is by not responding to comments or take away people´s comment option

  • RDZink September 19, 2013, 2:07 pm

    Well, as one who is a staunch racist teabagger, allow me this: English is the language of commerce and transportation….so…maybe Iceland is on top of things. Even those poor pilots ( yes I am one of them, too) who fly little planes around the nearest glacier are required by international law…so use English. Even the fishing boats have to be able to speak the lingo. And yeah, more thoughtfulness – Icelanders probably know the problems before a sign is lit…and foreigners ( me ) might confuse the 2 words. And Facebook? If anyone puts anything personal on it…shame on them. It has taken a sad turn for the worse. I used to get banned for having too many open friend requests on it. Funny thing for a social media, huh?

  • Rev. Stefan Jonasson September 19, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Don’t abandon Facebook — complain back! Randy Southerland’s observation about Facebook and it’s rules is spot on: they seem to suspend activity based on spurious complaints while their staff “investigate,” instead of investigating first and then taking action. I think that Facebook should make it more difficult for bogus persons to join and also be as quick to act against malevolent members who make spurious complaints.

    As for [name], I wonder what kind of internet troll s/he is: an unhappy supporter of the coalition government or some sort of English-language supremacist?

  • alda September 19, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Ah, I did complain back. Once I’d filled in the standard form came a note saying FB might or might not get back to me. Read: “might or might not read your complaint”. I have no hopes of being able to chance FB’s policies. They’re quickly becoming a monstrosity. I won’t abandon it – I’ll auto-post the posts I put on my blog so they show up there … as someone said to me on Twitter, integrate with it, don’t rely on it. It can be useful, but no way will I hand over control of my content any more.

  • Katharine Kroeber September 19, 2013, 2:54 pm

    So… they hastened to read and act upon [name]’s complaint… but they “might or might not” read your complaint about his? Um. They clearly don’t have a very well organised Complaint Department. Does Icanhascheezburger have these kinds of issues? They surely have as many subscribers as FB. 🙂

  • Matt Rosemier September 19, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Wow.
    I will follow your posts here if you blog the same sort of content here that you have been on FB.

  • The Fred from the forums September 19, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Hi, Alda,

    Anything you do that makes it easier for us Facebook refuseniks to participate will be good. I had a thought about the Euro that I haven’t seen elsewhere, and no good way to drop it into the discussion.

  • Nastia September 19, 2013, 4:38 pm

    I think it’s a shame you deleted your blog’s previous comments as most of them I remember were interesting to read.

  • Rajan Parrikar September 19, 2013, 5:18 pm

    This is bizarre. Nothing in that thread violated any standards. Neither your remarks, nor the remarks of [name]. What Facebook has done is unacceptable and in fact a violation of your rights as the sole arbiter of your space.

  • alda September 19, 2013, 6:11 pm

    @Nastia – none of the comments have been deleted. They should all still be there.

  • Liz September 19, 2013, 6:43 pm

    Please keep posting on FB. It’s a love hate relationship for everyone I think. Your updates are wonderful, always good to see. It’s the best thing on my feed! I’d really miss it.

  • william valgardson September 19, 2013, 10:37 pm

    I don’t post my blog material on Facebook but only link to it. It avoids problems. People who want to discuss something can do so on Disqus on my blog. Yes, Facebook is arbitrary
    and strange. However, they are rich and I’m not.

  • Susan September 20, 2013, 12:21 am

    I would love it if you posted to the blog again! Cannot believe the nerve of FB. Wherever you post, just know that you have many permanent and loyal fans.

  • JB in San Diego September 20, 2013, 9:58 pm

    I would appreciate it if you posted to your blog again. I signed up for FB and used it for a while, and even found some old school friends there. But there is too much noise on FB and I have all but abandoned it. A professional writer like yourself can speak more clearly and have more content control on a blog page than on a social media site. Not that you have to abandon FB – but really, it is a medium for marketing, not publishing.

  • Stephen Cowdery September 22, 2013, 3:38 am

    I’ve missed you, please come back to the open internet! I know trolls are a problem, but just don’t allow their comments. It’s your space, you don’t owe anyone anything, including an explanation. You can always close comments for posts which get out of hand.

    “Professor Batty” at Flippism is the Key

  • John Hopkins September 22, 2013, 6:09 am

    sheesh, Alda — I’d also recommend bailing on FB — it’s a corporate monster that is just using you & everybody else for data harvesting — on the IWR you can at least control your own content… I’d love to see you back on this open platform on a regular basis… My 2 cents!

    cheers, John

  • Stephen Cowdery September 23, 2013, 2:26 am

    One more reason not to use FB:

    https://medium.com/editors-picks/e4063d3f12c4

  • Petri Aho September 23, 2013, 5:05 pm

    Hmm, now that’s an interesting turn. I’d certainly find it annoying being blocked out of my own page. I dislike what FB has turned into and in fact I’ve been avoiding it for over a year now. Only go there once in a while to browse through what’s going on. If I have something to share I use Google+, and even that mainly just to share photos of my kids to close family.

  • Jonathan September 24, 2013, 10:24 am

    Agree absolutely with John Hopkins!

  • Katharine Kroeber September 25, 2013, 2:33 pm

    Explains why I just got blocked from FB… though a week later seems a bit… well.

    Either this chap has trouble reading or anger issues of his own — I would guess both. Because I’ve yet to see these hordes of angry people venting such as he describes. I wonder what colour the sky is on his planet? And if he will get the help he clearly needs.

  • Chris September 26, 2013, 10:05 pm

    Enough.

    For the record, Alda did not object when followers suggested twice tourists deserved to die for their stupidity, but reprimanded me for saying their anger was misplaced. That was an unfortunate judgement call that clearly offended more than just me- and is what has caused all of this.

    To be clear, I have received three threats of violence from some of Alda’s ‘not angry’ followers. And once again, she has chosen to post my name on her blog knowing this.

    Cynicism is just a way of masking anger. Its easy to make cynical generalizations about whole groups of people but I don’t know a single tourist as an individual who deserves what had been suggested on Alda’s forum.