I would suggest that persons who put up Facebook Event pages print them out as content is added so if Facebook pulls it, you will have some record. Also, it needs to be considered whether any anti-Racist events should be planned or promoted on Facebook if racists can get the Event page pulled.
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This is the letter.
Executive Officer of Facebook
Park, California 94025
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg:
I had an
event page, Reject Racist Robert E. Lee,
on Facebook. Professor Phillips and I
were doing an item on the Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, Texas. It was basically
an item about race, space, and place where we are practicing using social media
and creating media. We do a lot of articles, but I have thought that we need to
move to producing other media.
Phillips is the author of, “White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in
Dallas, 1841-2001,” Univ. of Texas Press. I am a co-editor of “Neo-Confederacy:
A Critical Introduction,” by the Univ. of Texas Press and “The Confederate and
Neo-Confederate Reader,” by the University Press of Mississippi. My resume is
online at http://www.templeofdemocracy.com/curriculum-vitae.html. In 2015 I was awarded the Spirit of Freedom
Medal by the African American Civil War Museum in Washington D.C. for my life’s
my surprise to find after the event that the page was pulled down by Facebook.
I was the recipient of a rather opaque email stating that I had violated the “Terms
of Use” and slandered me saying I had engaged in abuse. The email had no
replied to the email making inquiries about which posting or activity of mine
might be considered a breach of the terms of service and have not gotten a
reply. I also note that the email doesn’t provide any link for which a person
might make an inquiry. Copy of email and my reply enclosed.
supposing only for the purpose of argument, that a specific posting was in
violation of the terms of service, why would the whole event page have to be
pulled down rather than the specific offending post? Further if there was a
desire to improve participation in Facebook I would think that indicating what
what behavior to avoid.
pulling of the Reject Racist Robert E. Lee Facebook event page raises important
questions. If someone is having a Facebook event page as part of an anti-racist
event, could it be deleted by Facebook upon complaints being made by racists to
Facebook? In particular if the event was against institutional racism, could an
institution get Facebook to pull the page?
More generally for anyone is whether their page or event be pulled
capriciously after an investment of time and energy into it.
seems that a page can be pulled without a means of the person who had their
page pulled knowing why or having any redress.
I am writing
this letter to inquire as to what happened.
1 1. What specifically was in violation of your “Terms
of Use” on the event page? Please provide the entire material which you decided
which you felt it violated, but also why you felt the item violated those terms.
If it is in reference to your “Community Standards” please be specific which
standard it violated and how you felt it violated this standard. These are the
terms I see online. https://www.facebook.com/terms. These are the community
standards I see online. https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.
3. What was the complaint or complaints made about
4. Why was the entire event page pulled down rather
the specific offending item?
5. Why doesn’t your email notification of a violation
forward to your reply.
H. Sebesta This is the return receipt of the certified letter. You can see that it was delivered 1/24/2017. Click on it to view it.