Posting this here for the "record," though it's about Facebook specifically. When you delete something you render the commentary on it cryptic and inscrutable. Which is not the ethos we want when it comes to data and information management, though it seems like it is what we've got. It is sort of funny that all my ironic "test" posts that, in the context of the "bit," were meant to test phrases from a banned post and the evidently suppressed explicatory posts about it, hung there without context... "test: country music", "test: men are miserable creatures" etc. People took them as stand-alone, rather cryptic posts because they didn't know about the original thing they were stepping off from, and in the case of "country music" it took on a life of its own. So: funny, sort of. But also a pretty good example of how the scattershot "ban and suppress" approach to data and information management (which is, I think it can be said, the current standard state of the art) leaves a lot to be desired. Even when you're complaining about something, it makes no sense to cheer the deletion of it, because it makes your complaint nonsensical and confuses everybody who stumbles across the detritus. You need both for any of it to make sense. (Not that Facebook cares whether anything makes sense, it clearly doesn't, but we should kind of care.) UPDATE: And... my post about my posts about my post about the censoring of my post about the song "Hell of Dumb" has been removed. Why? They say it is "hate speech." I can't really declare it's not "hate speech" because I don't really accept the idea that there is such a thing, at least not in any objective or useful sense, but there's clearly nothing objectionable about what I typed by any stretch. (Maybe it was one of the phrases ironically quoted, though they made it through the "tests" just fine -- maybe it was "country music" after all.) If you are confused by this, then the precise point I was making in the post has been illustrated. It is all quite ironic of course, considering the contents of the suppressed post, which is specifically about this thing that is happening right now. These people shouldn't be in charge of information. We were pretty stupid to hand it all over to them just because it was "free." This time I was given an option to appeal (which I wasn't in the "Hell of Dumb" case.) I went ahead and did it, though it doesn't really matter. I did it mostly for the same reason I'm typing this post: I want to see what happens. Maybe you'll see it, maybe you won't! #socialmedia #censorship #facebook #minds
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