I’m Blocked to Share My Stories in Facebook

coolasas
Posted December 19, 2020 from Philippines
The new face of my personal blog www.dhidhak.com
The new face of my personal blog www.dhidhak.com (1/1)

I am supposed to be sleeping by now because I was invited to an early Thanksgiving celebration in the next town - at least an hour away from Kampala. 

But I decided to check out WP and see what's happening, as it's been a while since I was here last. Actually, I went back to writing recently. I found some mojo again and started writing about my lack of enthusiasm traveling out of the country, celebrate somewhere the holidays, and supposed to return invigorated. That’s all I can talk about now as I contemplate how to tell my stories without it reading and sounding like a travel blog.  I re-booted my site and gave it a new dressing but Facebook and other social sites it supports still refuses to let me post my stories there - telling me I violated the community standards. 

It got me thinking since it happened, what standards had I violated? Someone must have reported the story I did on abortion because I questioned the practice or the lack of it in the settlement or refugee camp where I work. It was not my story; it was a post from a conversation with a friend from another organization that deals with sexual violence, heresy in the settlement. I question if abortion can be justified.  After I published that story and shared it on my social media, dhidhak.com is blocked for most of 2020. 

I am not bothered completely; I can still share my stories in my blog with or without social media. More reason for me to cross-post here, and let’s see if I can keep up and be an active storyteller again.  I will share it here in my next post; since I pulled down all my stories when I rebooted my site, all that has been published are not found online.

They, the social media sites, have been controlling most of our lives - they dictate what we can and cannot post, yet we read so much fake news that gullible people take as real news. We are attached to it that we start our days with our phones in our hands, scrolling what happened in our newsfeed, until we retire in the night. 

Despite what I said, I also acknowledge the value of social media in these trying times. We need to be current, to know what happens where we live now, back home, and catch up with friends all over the world.

I’m curious, how much do you depend on social media? How much does it affect your decisions? Your daily life? 

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jomarieb.earth
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Hello Coolasas!
Welcome back to World Pulse, although am still a recent member. Dear sister, I look forward to reading your heartfelt and mind driven posts. I also tetter on the edge of controversy. Feel free to check my posts as well. You know that you are safe here. So unleash the Goddess. As far as social media, I live on Instagram. I am an artist so I have a hand picked, creative community. It's more creative/professional than personal/social. So it has it's parameters set according to me. Ultimately my dear one, we are in control. It is a matter of how much of that control we own, or let go of, and surrender to being controlled. Sometimes you have to get around rules by just creating a balance without sacrificing integrity. It's a challenge, but it's also part of growth, if you want to have or keep access to an audience.
My Instagram is my professional platform. World Pulse is my commentary on life platform. Personally, I loathe Facebook. They just happen to own Instagram, but Facebook is a hateful space front to back. So I stay away. That's just my opinion. I don't judge anyone who uses it. With my posts, I know that I want people to read and come back. So I try to address issues, however controversial, without creating hate in the process. I do shock and awe, it's my nature.
Welcome to your free speech forum. I will be looking out for your future posts.
Hugs...JoMarie

coolasas
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Thanks for the welcome Jomarie.
It really depends on us how we use social media, and I'm glad you managed it according to how you want it.
I'll try to keep up. A lot has changed since I was here last. I'll take advantage of the slow down since we will close shop for a couple of weeks and compose something worth sharing.
I will check out your art and stories.

Cheers,
Coolasas

jomarieb.earth
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Hey Coolasas,
I'm sure you have lots that's worth sharing. Even how the shutdown makes you feel. Too many people aren't sharing the mundane affects. Life doesn't always have to be shocking. Relatable is post worthy. Meanwhile enjoy your shutdown time. Take it in steps. It's a journey.
Peace...JoMarie

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020

Hi Coolasas,
It is good to see you back here, and I look forward to reading news as you send it. It is frustrating and a big concern knowing that Facebook cancelled you for 2020 for raising issues that need full discussion. Many of us use Facebook to share news, and there are too many reports lately about women I am aware of being cancelled for writing to open or add to discussion. Even certain words regardless of context or purpose can get someone cancelled. This, while we have the most and worst pornography running rampant online with no stopping it.
I look forward to your writing here.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Nini Mappo
Dec 21, 2020
Dec 21, 2020

Hello Coolasas,
Welcome back to World Pulse. What you share about social media censorship is really true and infuriating. It is good that you keep pushing the truth into the spaces where you can be heard without censure, and I look forward to reading your stories!
Also your post confused me, and got me wondering whether there is a City called Kampala in the Philippines. Google said no ha ha:-D
Enjoy your travels and I hope that you have a lovely Christmas season.

coolasas
Dec 22, 2020
Dec 22, 2020

Thank you Nini
I am juggling with different platfom and social media supposed to help spread the word but lately its just getting too much to handle with all the fake news.
Anyway, Kampala is in Uganda, where I am currently working for an NGO.
Have a lovely holidays too, take care and stay safe

Coolasas

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 21, 2020
Dec 21, 2020

Hello, Coolasas,

Welcome back to World Pulse! How have you been there in Uganda? There was a riot a few weeks ago. I hope you are safe there. Oh, were you able to contact FB on what violation was that? I am not that active on social media, too.

I hope that problem can be fixed. I also hope we can read more stories from you. So nice to have you back. I hope you enjoy the holidays there in Kampala! Please keep us updated.

coolasas
Dec 22, 2020
Dec 22, 2020

Hello Karen,
I am fine here, trying to stay safe while we continue our work in the settlement. The riots are election related and were staying out of it.
I tried to write to FB to allow my domain to post but they never replied, so let it be.
By the way, I sent you something in the messenger if you get the chance to check it one day.
Good luck and I am very happy for you and what have you become. I am testament to that growth.
Stay safe.

Paulina Nayra
Dec 25, 2020
Dec 25, 2020

Dear Coolasas,
To be blocked on FB for violating community standards seems a mystery to me. What particular standard was violated? it’s good to know about it so we can learn. Will look forward to reading more of your stories. Have a Merry Christmas.

BonnieP
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hello and thank you for your authenticity and honesty in this post. I'm so sorry to hear about how you've been blocked on Facebook but you know that your posts are welcomed here. We want to hear your voice!