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On Facebook, History Can Violate Community Standards


PeterSuciu
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PeterSuciu

I know there is a lot of debate about how Facebook has banned the showing of certain symbols, and recently I found myself in violation of "community standards" for simply sharing a link to a story I wrote for The National Interest on how Germany could have won WWII. It was curious that an article could violate community standards, so I wrote a follow-up piece for Forbes.com:

 

On Facebook, History Can Violate Community Standards

https://www.forbes.com/sites/petersuciu/2020/05/22/on-facebook-history-can-violate-community-standards/

 

I spoke with academic experts, tech analysts that cover social media and a Facebook groups moderator to discuss this topic. I wanted to share as I thought some collectors might find this an interesting read. I of course have shared it on Facebook, so let's see if this story also violates community standards! 

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Jack the Collector

Peter thank your for that incite in the Forbes article. George Orwell must be laughing and saying I told you so! It astounds me that so many humans on this planet are so weak of character that history and historical artifacts offend them.

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I recently acquired a WW2 capture Nazi flag with the original packaging it was sent home in, as well as two copies of the capture documents for this flag.

 

As I had the U.S. Soldier's name, rank and unit - and I felt it was pretty cool to have a capture flag with supporting documents - I posted it on a U.S. Militaria forum on FB.

 

While I received a lot of good feedback, as well as some assistance from forum members, a forum member expressed concern over the swastika violating FB standards.  Another member - possibly an admin - asked me to cover the swastika, lest FB shut down the forum.

 

I had written a response that my post was about a historic military artifact, and in no way was endorsement of what the swastika stood for.  However, I decided to simply remove my original post altogether, which was upsetting.

 

I'm really hating FB right now - along with YouTube and Google - for what seems to be an all-out effort at censorship of anything the least deemed somehow "offensive" without any context.

 

Rant over.  Thanks

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