It was comical yesterday, watching those on both sides of the political spectrum alleging Facebook was actively taking down their posts for “violating community standards.”
Many Facebook users were at least implying the warning messages they received as proof of Facebook’s bias against their particular philosophy.
Indeed, it does appear thousands of posts were incorrectly tagged by Facebook as inappropriate.
Yet, apparently, a lot of users somehow believe their posts are of such significance and concern to the establishment, that the dreaded Facebook content managers were being directed by Big Brother to read every single one individually, while working overtime to reject boatloads at a time with extreme prejudice.
A fun thought. But not quite the way the world works. Facebook’s first line of defense is automated spam filters, not humans. Even little SD Rostra uses auto filters to guard against what would otherwise be hundreds of daily autobot and inappropriate comments. Yes, those filters do go haywire at times.
Anyone actually believing that a sophisticated social media giant with millions of users and billions of dollars can’t at times have its own glitches, apparently never in life have dealt with a computer problem.
In reality, the more sophisticated, the more the potential for something going wrong.
Yet the conspiracy theorists of all stripes are convinced the strange activity had to be purposeful — after all, the bulk of the posts targeted by Facebook for deletion were about the Coronavirus!
No matter that the virus is nearly the only thing anyone is posting about in recent days — so what else could there be for Facebook to remove? Photos of empty toilet paper shelves in grocery stores or something?
Sorry. Not everything is a conspiracy against both you and everyone else at the same time.