June 21, 2012, - 2:06 pm
THANKS! Facebook Apologizes, Restores Schlussel, Column on Polish Holocaust Complicity; Now Pls Help Restore FB Jews Page
Thank you, dear readers and friends, for contacting Facebook. Yesterday, I told you about Facebook’s block of my account and removal of links to my work. You made a difference and got Facebook to relent and do the right thing. It’s proof that you CAN change things, you can move giant behemoths like even Facebook. Facebook contacted me and in ambiguous jargon informed me it was mistaken in blocking me and removing my columns, including the one on Polish complicity in the Holocaust. And I and links to my columns have been completely restored, they tell me. Here is what Facebook wrote:
Ms Schlussel — Thanks so much for reaching out. I wanted to let you know that our User Operations Team have reviewed and restored the content in question. Additionally, we have removed all holds on your account and you should have full access at this time. Please inform me if you are having any further issues.
I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, as you may know, we’re constantly reviewing the billions of pieces of content on the site in an effort to keep it safe for everyone, and in rare instances we will mistakenly remove a post. I want to assure you that not only does the volume of reports not affect our decisions but also we would never intentionally seek to censor a post that abided by our terms; both would be strictly against our policies.
In the future, please don’t hesitate to send me a message if you run into additional problems.
Facebook Policy Communications
Again, to all of you dear readers and friends–and there were many who wrote to Facebook on my behalf–thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate it. Now, we must help get Facebook to restore The Jews page, which is the largest Jewish page on Facebook, with over 251,000 members. As I told you yesterday, Facebook made it inactive after the people who run it posted something critical of Barack Obama. I guess Facebook likes their Jews liberal. Please contact Facebook and ask why the page was silenced and include the link to The Jews Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jews/81970364642. Please e-mail Facebook at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and ask why an anti-Obama post or some other innocuous reason (Facebook won’t say why it suspended the page) got The Jews page silenced.
After I announced the Facebook block on this site, I received hundreds more death threats and vile anti-Semitic attacks from both Poles and Muslim fans of “One Direction’s” Zayn Malik. But no way they are anti-Semitic, right? Also, a top Polish site celebrated the removal and censorship of my work, with a headline that reads (in Polish), a sarcastic “Debbie Asks for Help.” A screen capture of it is posted below. But, no way, they were complicit in the Holocaust, right? Sorry to tell you Poles, that this ain’t 1943, and your attempts to silence me and get my material–while successful briefly–failed. Miserably. Yakshemash, schmucks?
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