Happy Tuesday, peeps, Doris here. As the title says I’m tackling Facebook and its seeming censorship of Erotic Authors.
Harsh words, you bet, but you know it’s there without a doubt. I’ve long since given up trying to boost anything on my Facebook Author page, for instance, because for some reason best known to themselves FB has decided that I am selling sexual services….
Erm, ooookayyyyy, that’s news to me. As puzzling as that is, I simply shrugged and decided to keep my money. Egg on your face, Facebook, and yes I did try to contest it, but I could try to boost a status saying, “Nice weather, we’re having,” and it would still be rejected in record time.
So, like I said I don’t bother. I’m also careful to adhere to the rules as I understand them, and things that have landed me in the dreaded Facebook Jail before.
Are you ready?
WARNING: Snark, sarcasm and a hard dose of get a life and smell the roses, Facebook, coming up.
No butt crack on men, in particular, not even the hint of one. (Found that out when one of my sexy men showed half a butt cheek in profile) Oh my goodness, the sheer horror of that.. 😉
No nipples showing on females. They are über dangerous, don’tcha know, and FB has been known to remove images of breastfeeding mothers for showing too much nipple. I mean how dare these mothers flash their nipples at folks, when they’re feeding their babies, eh? Don’t they know they’re dangerous weapons… which, come to think of it they could be…. of the milk squirting variety. Hussies, I say, the lot of them myself included in that 😉
This is despite their supposed policy on NOT removing breastfeeding pictures.
What else will land you in hot water… let’s see.
Two men kissing….
The slightest hint of peen will get you thrown off. Heck even catching a glimpse/mere shadow of pubic hair can land you on FB’s radar.
Anything overtly sexual, though that seems wide open to interpretation, and therein lies the problem. Add to that FB’s policy of letting anyone report a picture, post for whatever reason, and you can see how us erotic authors can easily get into trouble.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself. My author page for instance is set to an over 18 audience only, and I share anything slightly raunchy from there. I also take care to crop pictures. This hunk for instance, you may or may not get away with on FB.
Depending on how daring I feel on the day, I would probably crop him a bit more, to avoid that hint of pubic hair.
This would certainly get you thrown off. 😉 Avert your eyes if a bit of peen offends you.
Yes, I’m shamelessly indulging in posting hunks, bite me…
On a serious note, though, those rules ^^^ are relatively easy to follow, but every once in a while FB does something that makes me scratch my head in wonder.
As you’ll no doubt know, I post teases and flashes on my personal blog every Tuesday and Friday. I’ve been known to crop many a pic to make it FB safe, but I didn’t feel the need to do it for this one.
Bear in mind that would have come up as thumbnail size only with a link to my blog. Well, you’d have thought I committed mass murder. FB first started deleting the link every time I tried to post it, then blocked it outright, and if that wasn’t enough, I was required to jump through hoops every time I wanted to post ANYTHING after that.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of being at the receiving end of their security feature of having to click on pictures of waterfalls, tigers, or flowers etc…. well, let me tell, you, you’re missing out, NOT.
Funnily enough after I send a snarky message telling the powers that be to get a life that security feature disappeared in a puff of smoke. However, I’ve been known to have to do that for days at a time, and it sure get wearing.
Needless to say, FB never came back to me as to why all that kerfuffle happened in the first place. I’m still baffled as to what was so offensive about this picture, other than a woman enjoying herself with… gasp…. TWO men.
And that really is my gripe. Rules are all well and good, and when you sign up to any Social Media you undertake to follow their rules, but how exactly are you supposed to manage that when FB keeps changing the goal posts.
It seems to me it all depends which current prude is in charge of the censor button.
And it does seem like censorship when gay pictures are targeted, for instance, or perfectly acceptable covered couples, breastfeeding mothers or in the case of one of my readers, a political meme…
So, where does that leave all of us using FB? Well, for starters, be aware of the easily offended brigade, and try to stay clear of them, as much as you can. Especially if you’re an erotic author, because, believe me, it tends to make you a target for any nut job out there. Be careful who you friend, and if in any doubt, crop those questionable pics, or use something else.
It sucks, it truly does, as in most cases you wouldn’t see anything more than you would on a beach…. but hey… heaven forbid we embrace our sexual sides on FB. And don’t get me started on the amount of truly sickening stuff on FB which slips by the radar. You know the stuff, porn videos, beastiality, beating of children, violence and hate speech, all of which FB has policies for, yet, when you report them, somehow they don’t go against community guidelines.
Show a topless man, and good grief… Call the decency police 😉
*shakes head in wonder*
What can we do about it? Well, not a lot. For all its faults I do like FB, and I spend far too much time on there. It’s great for keeping up with your friends near and far, and of course it can be a great promotion tool for us authors.
I just wish they stood by their own freaking guidelines.
*steps off soapbox*
That’s all from me today, you’ll be pleased to hear.
Do stay naughty, folks.