Is Facebook Schizophrenic? Why the Double Standard?
Please see the latest apparent schizophrenia directed my way. Here, (following) is what popped up while I was on Facebook today:
“Friend Requests Blocked for 7 Days”
“We received feedback that you sent multiple friend requests to people you don’t know, so you won’t be able to send friend requests for 7 days. To keep this from happening again, please only send friend requests to people you know. I understand that sending friend requests to people I don’t know isn’t allowed on Facebook. I understand that sending friend requests to people I don’t know isn’t allowed on Facebook.”
Even though Facebook windows pop up suggesting for me to be Facebook friend’s with whom I haven’t seen or heard before, Facebook apparently has sanctioned me for something it encourages – namely the same thing! To me, it is a “double-standard,” posture that is being applied. Now, granted, Facebook can do what it so desires. I don’t own it. I don’t own shared stocks in it. However, what I am doing, is pointing out some double standard which I hope is fixed by Facebook in the near future. I would also hope that Facebook comes to learn that their rigid standard of making Facebook friends, is without logical merit.
After the “7 day warning Facebook judgment statement,” there was on the screen a box to click onto, in order to proceed further. Since I was in a hurry and did not want to be bothered or harassed, I closed out the whole Facebook page without clicking onto the box. Later I came back to Facebook and begrudgingly clicked the box so that I could get into my Facebook account.
So, after having checked the box, another FB page comes into view. It was as follows, with the choice options:
- Cancel Pending Friend Requests?
- If you sent other friend requests to people you don’t know, you can cancel them here. This will help keep your account in good standing.
- Cancel all my pending friend requests
- Cancel friend requests I sent to people I have few friends in common with
- Don’t cancel any pending friend requests
Friend Requests Not Canceled
Your pending friend requests are still active. If you want to cancel a friend request you sent to someone later:
1. Go to that person’s profile (timeline)
2. Hover over the Friend Request Sent button at the top of the page
3. Click Cancel Request from the dropdown menu
So, then, I clicked onto the option of not cancelling any pending fried requests. Then I was presented the following page of “Community Standards.” Here is that long page, of which I did not see anything that pertained to me and my (self disciplined) Christian standards of online forum and Facebook decorum:
Please visit the Community Standards to review Facebook’s policies.
Facebook gives people around the world the power to publish their own stories, see the world through the eyes of many other people, and connect and share wherever they go. The conversation that happens on Facebook – and the opinions expressed here – mirror the diversity of the people using Facebook.
To balance the needs and interests of a global population, Facebook protects expression that meets the community standards outlined on this page.
Please review these standards. They will help you understand what type of expression is acceptable, and what type of content may be reported and removed.
Violence and Threats
Safety is Facebook’s top priority. You may not credibly threaten to harm others, or organize acts of real-world violence. We remove content and may escalate to law enforcement when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety. We also prohibit promoting, planning or celebrating any of your actions if they have, or could, result in financial harm to others, including theft and vandalism.
Facebook takes threats of self-harm very seriously. We remove any promotion or encouragement of self-mutilation, eating disorders or hard drug abuse. We also work with suicide prevention agencies around the world to provide assistance for people in distress.
Bullying and Harassment
Facebook does not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Repeatedly targeting other users with unwanted friend requests or messages is a form of harassment.
Facebook does not permit hate speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, it is a serious violation to attack a person based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.
People use Facebook to share events through photos and videos. We understand that graphic imagery is a regular component of current events, but must balance the needs of a diverse community. Sharing any graphic content for sadistic pleasure is prohibited.
Nudity and Pornography
Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and imposes limitations on the display of nudity. At the same time, we aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.
Identity and Privacy
On Facebook people connect and share using their real identities. This culture creates accountability and builds trust and safety for everyone. Claiming to be another person, creating multiple accounts, or falsely representing an organization undermines community and violates Facebook’s. Finally, you may not publish other people’s personal information.
Before sharing content on Facebook, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect copyrights, trademarks, and other legal rights.
Phishing and SpamWe take the safety of our members seriously and work to prevent attempts to compromise their privacy or security. We also ask that you respect our members by not contacting them for commercial purposes without their consent.
If you see something on Facebook that you believe violates our terms, you should report it to us. Please keep in mind that reporting a piece of content does not guarantee that it will be removed from the site.
Because of the diversity of our community, it’s possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without meeting the criteria for being removed or blocked. For this reason, we also offer personal controls over what you see, such as the ability to hide or quietly cut ties with people, Pages, or applications that offend you.
Moralmatters.org further comments:
Admittedly, I have added a significant number of Facebook friends over the past month, – something I didn’t do for as long as I’ve been on Facebook. I can only conclude that Facebook frowns on me, doing so, despite the reality of many Facebook users having so many more Facebook friends than I have. Some have reached their multiple thousand limit. I am far from that. I did not jump on the Facebook wagon when it was first introduced online.
But, be that as it may, I can’t help but think that Facebook may be singling me out because I’m a Conservative Christian – and, a proud “birther” – and, I post links on Facebook from my two websites – the http://www.christianmessage.org and http://www.moralmatters.org
I’ve now posted on this site 2 articles of Facebook’s recent apparent questionable and behavior. [They are linked below] This posting, is the 3rd. I’ve received some personal message feedback and some comment feedback of which report similar actions by Facebook. It sure would be nice if Facebook were open and up front and were honest as to their intents and motivations, rather than the (attempted) intimidating pop-ups of warning and sanction.
Why doesn’t Facebook alert Facebook users as their guideline limits? Or, are those guideline limits by Facebook capricious and discriminatory to only one political side? And, why does Facebook continue to stress that one cannot make Facebook friends unless there is some sort of personal association with those individuals? Isn’t that more or less stupid? I always have a reason for requesting FB friendship. I either like the FB person’s “like” or their “comment.” [I explained this in my two previous postings about this Facebook phenomena] Also, why does Facebook deny what it fosters?
Please note 2 informational links:
Nathan M. Bickel