I Got Put In Facebook Jail for Hate Speech

Those of you who know me well personally are already curious about this title, like how in the world? Those who don’t are probably wondering why I would title a blog this, like I am proud of it or something. Those of you who only follow me through Facebook and not my website, Twitter, or the Mighty, will not see this post until tomorrow once I am out of Facebook jail. Well, let me start by sharing the post that got me in trouble word for word,

“So we all go the stomach bug and all of us were starting to feel better, but Jay decided because he was feeling better it would be a good idea to make and eat some chili cheese dip. Aubrie and I stuck with crackers and chicken noodle soup. Jay is now sick again. Men are dumb sometimes 🤣

This was my second offense in year. The first time was a comment I made on a news story I believe, in response to a white man’s actual hate speech, where I reminded him that most mass shooters are white men, which I thought was simply a fact, not hate speech. I cannot post or comment for 24 hours on Facebook. This has never happened to me before, but has happened to my friends before and they all jokingly call it being put in Facebook jail. I of course disagreed with the decision and they affirmed it yet again, so I appealed. I did not appeal because it is so important to post this. I did not appeal because I think I have unlimited free speech on Facebook, because honestly, they are a business and they can kick me off permanently for whatever they want, just like I can stop using it whenever I want. I love being able to keep up with friends and family on there and promote my book, but at some point, like my husband, I may call it quits. I appealed because Facebook has a lot of influence and power, and the fact that they are spending time stopping women from joking about their husbands, instead of stopping actual hate speech, is well, infuriating. Actually, the new rule that applied to my most recent post took affect after the Capitol riot. I guess after years of allowing people to post actual hate speech, constant divisive posts with misinformation, many which led to that riot and the current division in our country, led us to this nonsense. Maybe they are now trying to go the other extreme to make up for it, or they were wasting time on this nonsense instead all along one.

I often see my conservative friends and family complain about being the only ones censored, but I know just as many, if not more liberals, libertarians and everything in between censored for ridiculous things. I live in Alabama and am not a big fan of Trump, and I cannot tell you how many times I have been called a “brainwashed Libtard” for that reason alone, or for even just ever simply disagreeing with him or one of his followers on well, anything, without it ever being taken down by Facebook, and I put it in quotes because I would never use this word personally, because it is still as offensive as the R word we are no longer supposed to use, and not to Liberals. Luckily, most people in Alabama, or in the South in general, do not act like their online persona or as their votes might suggest, in the same way they often make wrong assumptions about people who vote differently than they do. If you have ever watched any show or movie where some big city person starts to see the appeals of a small town, you know what I mean. That is somewhat realistic. It is one of the reasons I stay, in addition to low cost of living, good weather overall and of course roots planted and friends and family. I also stay for now in hopes of continuing to change it for the better, and the same goes for Facebook.

So what have you been put in Facebook jail for? Please comment below….

Bio: Amanda Dodson Gremillion published her first book in 2012. She began revising it in 2019 and republished it as Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine. The story chronicles her experience with severe postpartum OCD, anxiety and depression. Amanda is a graduate of Auburn University, and now lives in Calera, Alabama, with her husband, Jay, their daughter, Aubrie, and their two dogs, Honey Girl and Cooper. She hopes to write more books in the future. Follow Amanda’s journey on Facebook,  or twitter at https://twitter.com/AmandaGremilli2 and order her book here.  Also, follow her on the Mighty here Amanda Dodson Gremillion | The Mighty Contributor or listen to her podcast here Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine • A podcast on Anchor . You can also find her on Instagram here Amanda Dodson Gremillion (@justbuyheradress) • Instagram photos and videos.

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