April 13, 2010

Rusty's Facebook Account Suspended

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Violent jihad supporters have Facebook accounts, I don't. You see, Facebook suspended my account today. I've no idea why.

Well, actually, I have a few guesses as to why. You see, some of the Jawas here have been messing with terrorist supporters on Facebook. Over the last few days several prominent Facebook pages dedicated to radical Islam have been suspended because Stable Hand, Howie, and others have filed complaints.

They've also pulled some funny pranks on these terror supporters, such as posting offensive photos.

I suppose this is payback in the minds of the Facebook jihadis. Even though I had nothing to do with the flagging operation or the pranks, I am kind of the symbol of the enemy to these would-be terror supporters.

If having your Facebook page is the price to pay for making the right kind of enemies, so be it.

The only other thing I can think of is that Facebook is pissed off at the dozens of posts we've put up pointing out that terrorists and their supporters use Facebook. The al-Qaeda inspired forums are so yesterday, Facebook is the place for the the terrorist in crowd these days.

I've appealed the decision, but I have no idea how Facebook adjudicates disputes like this. I'm not hopeful, nor am I terribly upset. I only bring this up by way of apology to my many many Facebook friends who may be wondering where I went and to point out that Facebook, like so many internet social networking sites that depend solely on user complaints for policing, has unwittingly become a tool of some very dangerous people.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:03 PM | Comments |