Community Hypocrisy

You know what I’ve had?
It.
Especially when it comes to Facebook. Here’s why:

This actually violates Facebook’s Community Standards. Seriously.

Over the weekend, I tried sharing a post from a cat related page–Cat Meow–that had some excellent information in preventing a possible tragedy. It’s almost kitten season, so the post warned to be careful and not simply toss a tied up plastic bag you may find by the side of the road into the trash. Take a moment and look inside; there might actually be abandoned kittens inside. The post featured a few shots of a plastic grocery bag, with a litter of kittens inside.

I hit ‘share’, then I was promptly told by Facebook that this content violated Community Standards.

Remember: Facebook has absolutely no problem with animal abuse. Videos of cats, dogs, and other creatures being hurt or worse are constantly circulated on that platform. People have tried to flag the videos to get them removed but they are told that either the videos don’t violate Community Standards, or they are keeping the video up so “the perpetrators can be found”. Even the mods who have to deal with the reports find these videos problematic at best and traumatic at worst; they’d love to yank these off of Facebook but the powers that be have told them that they cannot.

So think about that a moment: Facebook has no problems with promoting animal abuse but prevention of animal abuse is verboten. That is absolutely ass-backwards. Not to mention, it’s absolutely wrong.

Day after day, Facebook keeps giving me reasons to drop their platform. The days I don’t use Facebook, I notice a drop in my stress. I don’t have to tangle with the Trump supporters, the anti-vaxxers, the flat Earthers, the TERFs, the trolls, among others. Just being on Facebook is more trouble than it’s worth.

I’m taking a good, long, hard look at MeWe. I already have a Mastodon account, so I’m good there. Diaspora is also looking good as well; I may just hop on there as well as MeWe. There are options out there and I’m thinking of perusing as many of them as possible. Because I need to get away from Facebook. There is literally nothing of value there.

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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