Has Facebook Cost You Dearly Censoring Your Content?

Boyce Watkins of the Black Business School talks censorship and the love-hate relationship with social media.

Writer and activist Rinku Sen led this panel on the independent web's role in protecting free speech with Boyce Watkins (The Black Business School), Collette Watson (Free Press), Leah Maurer (The Weed Blog) and Eric Pairel (Media Research Center). Watkins shared his experience with Facebook's censorship hitting him hard.

With the Black Business School, our number one objective is to promote economic intelligence and financial literacy amongst Black communities around the world and we've had a real love-hate relationship with companies like Facebook and YouTube because even though Facebook is probably the biggest line item in our budget every month, Facebook has cost us millions of dollars because they banned our pages. And cost us a lot of money without any due process.

We had a page that was approaching a million likes on the page and somebody quoted Malcom X and the Facebook bot killed the page and it's technically been suspended for two years. But they never officially banned it. We tried to call them, email them, message them a thousand times, nobody reached back to us. And we were kind of saddened by that because we were kind of like, god, we give you hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and you can afford to just ignore us. My god, how many other people have you done this to?

For the rest of Boyce's thoughts and more from Collette, Leah and Eric, watch the video. What has Facebook's censorship cost you? Tell us in the comments.

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Brycey
Brycey

is this just a site to bitch about fb, or is it a replacement platform?

Tek Taloy
Tek Taloy

I Dont understand people some times Facebook was never banned to the ISIS terrorists nor did they use to track information or upcoming events at the time of mayhem in Syria when they beheaded and murdered innocent people now why would you trust a media platform like Facebook . Facebook was sold out to CIA in 2006 no more to serve the public but to serve the warmongers and large private Enterprises.

Uhnonymos
Uhnonymos

Wow, I hadn't ever heard of a Facebook story as absurd as that. Good riddance, it sounds like