The other day a questionable “content in bad taste” was removed, which I posted on The Daily Heller Facebook page, not for its satiric (and admittedly insulting) commentary of Donald Trump but rather for the crude (and admittedly insulting) nude presentation. Under the title “Photoshop or Truth,” a montage I had been given showed a slovenly, bulbous, unclothed version of the Donald sitting on a royal throne, crown on his head, with his controversial scepter (i.e., penis) exposed.
I was surprised by Facebook’s decision, accompanied by their question asking me to tell them how I thought they handled the situation (a series of happy and unhappy faces) of policing content. In fact, if they are going to police their site for unappealing content, I’m not entirely convinced it is the wrong policy as long as it is equal across the board. If nudity is, however, the only standard, then I object. If hate, ignorance, bullying and stupidity are included, then I would press the happy face icon.
The King Trump meme, while admittedly unpleasant (and I’ll spare you the lens-numbing site here), was certainly not as bad as other content from trolls and bots that brutally target race, religion, ethnicity and even the race, religion and ethnicity of political candidates.
I do not favor censorship, but I understand policy. Facebook has public and privacy policies and corporate standards that they have the right to impose. In the future, though, why not apply them in a way that makes those who use the site understand the limitations beforehand, so we can decide for ourselves whether or not to abide by the rules or play elsewhere?
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