So I spent Thanksgiving with my family in Philadelphia. Sister and her husband from the Philippines were also there for the Thanksgiving holiday. From there, I went up to New York and Connecticut and spent time with my friends and former officemates. It’s always a lot of fun seeing friends on holidays. Unfortunately, because Facebook banned me during the holidays, I was not able to share those moments with all of you.
Because while I was traveling, as some of you know by now, my account was reported for two (2) violations.
1. On November 20, 2017; Facebook received a notice from a third party that the BMW-Lexus entry I made has contents that infringe their copyright. I have now sent (2) emails to the complainant asking what part of the entry infringes on their copyright. So far, I have not received any response back. Because of this violation, Facebook suspended me for one day.
2. On November 22, 2017; Facebook received another notice from a third party that my Lola Entry, a true story about how I lost my debit card at a Philadelphia restaurant, has contents that infringe their copyright. I sent a separate email (my 1st email) to the complainant asking what part of the entry infringes on their copyright. So far, I have not received any response back. Because of this violation, Facebook suspended me for three days.
Both complaints were bogus. Facebook does not verify the validity of the claims. Instead, they immediately banned me.
Meanwhile, our subject person was, of course, excited that he was able to have me banned that he even bragged it on his timeline. Apparently, the goal is now to have me suspended for seven days. The end goal is to disable my account following the 1-3-7-7-30-30-Disable. That’s what he posted on his timeline.
Our subject person even went to the extent of calling my employer. I have a copy of that post as well.
And today, I found out that our subject person cleaned his wall. Removing all the marks? Cleaning the breadcrumbs? All of his entries were gone. It is possible that he set them in private. But we have already made copies of them.
Combined, however, this is a perfect example of online harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Because I called out a major blogger’s online assault to a BBC reporter, which is conduct-unbecoming, therefore, I should be denied a voice on Facebook?!
While most Filipino social media bloggers are free expression activists, the moment they get an adverse reaction from someone, banning seems to be the immediate reaction!