Monday, April 9, 2018

Legal Schnauzer post that asked if social-media giant supported police brutality seems to have prompted our quick release from troll-induced "Facebook Jail"

One of the photos, depicting the aftermath of police brutality,
 that caused Facebook to deem our blog URL
 "spam" and "unsafe."
After 10 days in "Facebook Jail," the URL for Legal Schnauzer has been deemed safe to return to the social-media world.

We received notice of the decision last Friday, less than 24 hours after we published a post titled "Facebook rewards trolls by putting a block on Legal Schnauzer URL, suggesting the company supports police who beat up women and break their bones."

Did that post prompt Facebook's decision to reverse its finding that our blog URL was "spam" and "unsafe"? We don't know, but the post raised questions that had to be unsettling to anyone at Facebook who might have seen it; for sure, the company reacted swiftly once the post went up. From the post of 4/5/18:

Does Facebook support police brutality? Based on our experience over the past week, the answer appears to be yes.

Last Monday, I published this post about the injuries my wife, Carol, sustained when deputies in Greene County, Missouri, brutalized her during our unlawful eviction in September 2015. The post features photos that show in grim detail the beginnings of severe bruising on her left arm -- plus a lump likely caused by pooling blood and a bone fragment pushing against the skin -- including the photo above. All of the photos were taken at the Cox North emergency room in Springfield, just moments before X-rays revealed a comminuted fracture (broken in two or more places) that would require trauma surgery for repair.

What happened the day after the post went up? When I tried to publish a Legal Schnauzer post on Facebook, I received a notice that my blog URL had been deemed "spam" and "unsafe." I notified Facebook at least three times that it was mistaken; the post clearly is not spam, and my blog is published from a secure URL, so it is not unsafe. A number of readers also have alerted Facebook that it is wrongfully blocking Legal Schnauzer's URL. This has been going on for nine days, as of today, and my blog URL still is blocked as being "unsafe."

What is going on? It appears that police (or pro-police) trolls have whined to Facebook about my post that reveals their handiwork, falsely claiming it is spam. Facebook's policy evidently is to take the word of any troll who wants to attack someone who poses a threat to them -- and then to take forever to correct the mistake, or maybe neglect to correct it at all. Another blogger sees the attack as being Alabama based, and he might well be correct -- or it could be a joint Missouri/Alabama operation. . . .

With this sort of ignorant policy in place, is it any wonder Facebook has lost at least $80 billion in market value from it's ongoing data scandal?

The block on our URL undoubtedly was the work of police-connected trolls. We suspect Facebook is not nearly as forward-thinking and progressive as it wants the world to believe. But still, the company probably did not like being depicted as a supporter of police brutality -- and if it conducted any research, it probably found that we were correct in asserting that the Schnauzer URL was blocked because of pro-police trolls -- so that might explain our quick entrance back into good graces, once our post ran on 4/5.

For those who follow me on Facebook, I'm going to be running URLs to the 10 days' worth of Legal Schnauzer posts that were wrongfully blocked.


Anonymous said...

For such a successful company, on the surface, Facebook sure does a lot of stupid stuff.

Anonymous said...

Schnauzer takes on the cop trolls and comes out a winner.

Anonymous said...

If cops have time to troll somebody on Facebook, maybe their asses need to be fired.

Anonymous said...

@1:56 --

Agreed. Sounds like some cops have too much time on their hands.

Anonymous said...

This kind of childish crap only makes the thug cops and their supporters look more guilty than they already do.

Anonymous said...

That bruise on Carol's arm is awful, and I'm sure it only got worse from that point.

Anonymous said...

That bruise is painful to look at. Can only imagine how it felt for Carol.

legalschnauzer said...

Here is some interesting information on how trolls can try to sabotage your Facebook page:

Unfortunately, there are always people who “play dirty”. Since it’s really easy to mark someone as SPAM on Facebook, there are quite a few users who do it to their commercial competitors just to harm them. Thus, any posts you make can be attacked by “trolls” on the Network.

If you ever detect such behavior by one of your contacts, the first thing you should do is to block them from your page. If they can’t see your posts, they can’t attack them. You can also visit their personal profile and individually report them by clicking the button with the three little dots. Finally, you can contact Facebook to explain what happened, by using institutional links available at the bottom of the page.

legalschnauzer said...

@7:25 --

Thanks for sharing. Facebook makes trolling easy, so that's why stupid people do it.

Anonymous said...

Here is more info from same article about Facebook and spam:

Business specialist Francesca Esposito-Rose in a recent article explains which actions on Facebook could get you marked as a SPAM-bot, a term that refers to automated programs, created to mimic human behavior on social networks.

When Facebook brands you as SPAM, Francesca indicates (who herself was a “victim” of the site’s policies), the first thing that happens is that they stops you from being able to comment on other pages. According to each case, they can also stop you from even LIKING anything on the social network, among other sanctions due to “excessive behavior”.

To avoid getting a “Facebook Time Out” or sent to Facebook Jail, we basically have to control the speed at which we like and comment on things. This is not only to avoid being detected as SPAM, but also to control traffic information on Facebook (which would collapse if all users do too many things in too short of time.)

Anonymous said...

I tried to share an article of yours on FB a few weeks ago and FB stated your URL was not allowed there.

legalschnauzer said...

That's because of the pro-police trolls mentioned in this post, who have falsely claimed items including photos of my wife's broken arm (thanks to cop) is "spam" or "unsafe." We are working on trying to resolve it for the second time in less than a month -- and we are looking for a permanent solution that will make trolls think twice before screwing with our account.

The solution will be to hit trolls -- hard -- in the pocketbook, and they won't like that.