Facebook
SUSPENDED 30 DAYS approximately 2:00 AM Monday August 21, 2019 for violation of community standards.

SUSPENDED 7 DAYS, BUT RELEASED 27 HOURS INTO SUSPENSION
Suspended approximately 10:00 AM CDT Friday June 21, 2019 until 10:00 AM CDT June 28 2019 — released early at 10:48 a.m. Saturday June 22, 2019 Reason for suspension …

SUSPENDED 3 DAYS; RECENTLY LIFTED
Suspended approximately 2:00 PM CDT June 15, 2019 until 2:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019

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Cardinal News Position Statement
The position of CARDINAL NEWS is that Facebook — even though it is a private company — has become a ubiquitous information utility that should NEVER restrict communications capabilities to any of its users except in bonafide extreme situations. It is reprehensible that Facebook would ever deny communications capabilities to any of its users, especially as a punishment for a content judgment. For example, Facebook has developed SAFETY CHECK for users affected by disasters or large scale local or global crises.

SAFETY CHECK
When an incident such as an earthquake, hurricane, mass shooting or building collapse occurs where people might be in danger, a global crisis reporting agency alerts Facebook.

If a lot of people in the affected area are posting about the incident, Safety Check will be activated and those people in the area may receive a notification from Facebook to mark themselves safe. People who click the Safety Check notification will also be able to see if any of their friends are in the affected area or have marked themselves safe.

— Facebook Help (accessed Jun 19 2019 5:35 AM)

No Facebook users should ever be intentionally denied the SAFETY CHECK service. In addition beyond SAFETY CHECK, there are a multitude of additional situations involving communications when and where sudden unexpected blocks of communications or interrupted dialogue could cause death, physical harm, permanent injury and disability, violence, and property damage. Therefore, no user or business pages should ever be intentionally incapacitated by Facebook, unless the page involves a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER. Questionable Facebook pages (below CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER threshold) could be marked with a WARNING LABEL (for harmful, disagreeable, or inaccurate content) and could be subject to an extra step to access; but the pages should never be incapacitated.

Facebook’s Confusing Image Distribution
In many cases people (Facebook users) that are suspended have shared an article that includes an article with a picture that is objectionable to Facebook’s Community Standards. In these cases, the user did not deliberately share these type of objectionable pictures. In fact, Facebook’s Crawler via Facebook’s Open Graph markup code automatically shares the pictures. Facebook acts wrongfully by having no protection built-in to their automatic sharing of images.

In addition, in some cases a website publisher can change the picture that is automatically shared — after it has already been shared. By using an official Facebook tool “Sharing Debugger” (link to official Facebook tool) a website publisher can request that Facebook re-crawl a specific web page. A new picture connected to the article may appear in the Facebook timeline if the article is refreshed after the article has been re-crawled by the Facebook crawler. It is unknown whether the timeline picture might change even if the person who shared the article with the original picture did not refresh their share. But it is possible that anyone could refresh a shared article that has been re-crawled, and the person who initially shared the article would not know that their share is now connected with a new, and possibly objectionable, picture.

Facebook’s Anti-Trust Behavior
The courts say that certain actions like price fixing, group boycotts or group agreements to control business activity in certain markets automatically amount to antitrust activity. CARDINAL NEWS seeks to investigate whether Facebook exhibits anti-trust behavior in the news industry by encouraging news websites to post and share articles on Facebook timelines in an effort to capture the audiences of news websites, and then Facebook capriciously suspends news websites’ ability to post and share articles, images and videos to Facebook timelines based on obscure “violation” of Facebook Community Standard. Facebook also acts wrongfully by prohibiting news websites from communicating with their own customers using Facebook messaging. The Facebook messaging exchanges are often mid-communication while news websites and their customers are attempting to exchange information in the middle of a conversation.

PLEASE NOTE CARDINAL NEWS FACEBOOK DISCLAIMER:

CARDINAL NEWS is not responsible for any failures caused by Facebook that would prevent our news feeds from providing YOU with information. By your use of CARDINAL NEWS Facebook pages for the purpose of receiving any lifesaving or critical information for protecting life, health and property; YOU agree to understand that Facebook could fail to deliver news feed information by an uncontrollable act, by Facebook’s technical incompetency, or by deliberate Facebook management “punishments” and responses to so-called “community standards violations”.

[Related: CARDINAL NEWS does NOT block access to its own website (Arlingtoncardinal.com); however, CARDINAL NEWS could be subject to failures cause by Internet outages, host/server failures, and cyberattacks. You agree to use the services at your own risk.]

By using CARDINAL NEWS with Facebook you also agree that YOU understand that Facebook could wrongfully block communications between YOU and CARDINAL NEWS — even in the middle of an ongoing conversation.

[Related: Direct messages between YOU and CARDINAL NEWS could also be blocked by Internet outages, host/server failures, and cyberattacks. You agree to use the services at your own risk.]

FILE A COMPLAINT ABOUT FACEBOOK

If you experience your own problems with Facebook, such as community standards violation punishments (upon yourself) or other lack of access to Facebook services; or if you are dissatisfied with Facebook because you can’t access any CARDINAL NEWS Facebook pages, please contact the following organizations for information and file a formal complaint …

Better Business Bureau

Direct link:
Better Business Bureau: Facebook Profile

(bbb.org/us/ca/menlo-park/profile/social-media-marketing/facebook-1116-385674)

Social Media Marketing

Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California.

Facebook address:

Facebook
1601 Willow Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1452

Based on an average of 727 Customer Reviews at 6:18 a.m. CDT Wednesday June 19, 2019, Facebook earned ONE STAR out of FIVE STARS.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

To report fraud, identity theft, or an unfair business practice, visit ftc.gov/complaint, click on the FTC Complaint Assistant icon, and answer the questions.

Please be advised that any problems you have with Facebook should be thoroughly investigated for any possible connections to how Facebook is handling your personal information and any related privacy concerns. If Facebook is discriminating against you in any way, you should be concerned whether Facebook has violated your privacy and used any of its information assets to discriminate against you, or whether Facebook has allowed or provided facilitating tools to its advertisers to discriminate against you.

FACEBOOK HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION


Existing government action against Facebook showing that Facebook has a history of discriminatory practices.

Government Action
Assurance of Discontinuance Washington State AG
On July 24, 2018, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office entered into an Assurance of Discontinuance with Facebook. Case No: 18-2-18287-5 SEA.

The agreement requires Facebook to make significant changes to its advertising platform by removing the ability of third-party advertisers to exclude ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and other protected groups from seeing their ads.

Facebook believes that its advertising platform fully complies with all applicable laws, denies that it has engaged in any act or practice in violation of RCW 19.86.020 and RCW 49.60.030(1), or any other law, and contends that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 bars any claim against Facebook arising from or relating to the availability, use or potential use of the challenged targeting tools on its advertising platform.

Without any admission of wrong doing, Facebook has agreed to no longer provide advertisers with options to exclude ethnic groups from advertisements for insurance and public accommodations, they will no longer provide advertisers with tools to discriminate based on race, creed, color, national origin, past or present military status, sexual orientation or disability status.

Facebook shall pay $90,000 to the Attorney General of Washington for recovery and cost of its fees in investigating the matter, monitoring compliance and future enforcement. The agreement is legally binding in Washington State.

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