“A lot of people who do exactly what I did get suspended, and they don’t have somebody to contact. Sometimes, they’re suspended for several days, weeks or months,” Black Lives Matter activist, Shaun King wrote on his Facebook page after his page was unblocked.
The role of social media giant, Facebook in the attainment of equality has come under critical consideration for some time now. This follows their rampant pulling down of Black activists’ pages.
BLM activist, Shaun King who also is a senior justice writer for the New York Daily News had his own share of the appalling practice by Facebook some few days ago. King posted on his Facebook page, a racist message he had received in his e-mail. The screenshot of the email read, “FUCK YOU N*****!”
In view of this, Facebook blocked his account. They stated the reason for their action being a violation of its community standards.
I've been banned from Facebook.
Was a guest speaker there earlier this year.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 9, 2016
Fortunately for King, his page was restored after some few hours and Facebook explained to him that it was.
Now, this brings back the issue of the amount of control Facebook actually own on their platform. We only seem to be users without any form of protection and with just a click, the community one might have created on this social media platform can be brought down.
King wrote in a post on his twitter page, “This thing that I had taken 10 years to build, this community with over 800,000 people … to think that with a keystroke or a computer filter, that could be shut down, it’s a weird feeling.”
Facebook later apologized to Kings after they had restored his account. But King had this to say; “A lot of people who do exactly what I did get suspended, and they don’t have somebody to contact. Sometimes, they’re suspended for several days, weeks or months.”
So far as Facebook has become the primary source of news for most people, there will be the need for the company to take a second look at their editing laws. Some abusers have been rather penalized for voicing out their ordeals while the perpetrators of the abusive acts seem to have a field day on the social media platform. For instance, the recent ban of the BlackMattersUs page on Facebook is another similar incident. We call on the executives of the company to review some of its policies.