Sunday, August 20, 2017

Facebook's 22nd block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015 (WITH UPDATE 6/9/2017)

Facebook (19.8.2017)


Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) still have not recorded my complaint about serious misconduct by HMRC staff involving criminal or near criminal behaviour, which the Independent Police Complaints Commission say they sent to them on 12 August. I not only complained about HMRC Pay As You Earn and Self Assessment updating my address on 11 July without my permission (and the detrimental effect this may have on Declan and myself in terms of the possible suspension of our Housing Benefit), but also their subsequent closure of my Self Assessment account based upon fabricated hearsay evidence which no independent judiciary would accept; see my previous blog post, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs have refused to record my complaint about serious staff misconduct which was sent to them by the Independent Police Complaints Commission? (WITH UPDATE 19/8/2017). Now we're dealing with Facebook's 22nd block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015, to boot. Basically, Facebook is now - and for the first time ever - calling me a spammer and treating all my posts to groups as spam. This is my appeal this afternoon against this unprecedented and unfounded attack:

For the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Facebook

20 August 2017

Dear Facebook,

I wish to appeal your decision last night to stop me from posting to groups, and this for an undisclosed period of time. I am being wrongly accused of spamming. For example, last night Facebook removed the three articles I tried posting to groups, stating: "We removed this post because it looks like spam to us." This block remains ongoing. Please see the screenshot attached.

1. "The Theory of Individual Selection and Its Flaws" at http://churchandstate.org.uk/2017/08/the-theory-of-individual-selection-and-its-flaws/
2. "Command Ethics or Divine Command Ethics?" at http://churchandstate.org.uk/2017/08/command-ethics-or-divine-command-ethics/
3. "The False Reality - Why Christianity Requires Ignorance" at http://churchandstate.org.uk/2017/07/the-false-reality-why-christianity-requires-ignorance/

The first article is an excerpt from Howard Bloom's book, "The Lucifer Principle". Mr. Bloom has been called "next in a lineage of seminal thinkers that includes Newton, Darwin, Einstein, [and] Freud" by Britain's Channel4 TV. The second article is an excerpt from Prof. Paul Cliteur's book, "The Secular Outlook". Prof. Cliteur is Professor of Jurisprudence at Leiden University, The Netherlands and is one of that country's leading public intellectuals. The third article comes from ExChristian.Net, a popular Creative Commons website.

I only ever post to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that I am well familiar with. I also only post to groups articles that I have already published on our Church and State website. Nonetheless, when it comes to posting to Facebook pages and/or groups, the current Facebook block records as the 22nd such block since 1 December 2015.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)
20th 17 May 2017 (1 day)
21st 19 June 2017 (1 day)
22nd 19-20 August 2017 (2 days) (ongoing)

Facebook has responded to only three of my previous 21 appeals, citing "technical problems" in each instance. Don Collins, President of the Washington DC-based International Services Assistance Fund, writes: "Surely after multiple postings [Facebook] must know your content is neither lewd nor extreme."

Please note that we currently have an international list of 127 Honorary Associates, including two Nobel Prize winners. Since Facebook's 16th block last October, 97 distinguished academics and other intellectuals have given us permission to add their names to the list.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Lola Heavey
Webmaster
Church and State

"Let me recommend an important web site - churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out." Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

2 October 2016: Complaint to Facebook Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg on day 4 of Facebook's 14th block since 1 December 2015

Re: Facebook

Draft paragraph 42 of Declan's next updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

42. On 13 August 2011, then Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone wrote to Facebook on the Applicant's behalf, asking that they explain why the Applicant's wife had been barred. The bar was subsequently lifted; however, since 1 December 2015, Facebook have blocked the Applicant's wife from posting to a pages and/or groups on 22 separate occasions, and up to six days at a time (each of these blocks is well accounted for in the N4CM blog). On 22 December 2015, Labour's Lyn Brown, then Shadow Home Office Minister and now Shadow Home Secretary, made an enquiry on the Applicant's behalf to Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch asking if he could offer an explanation as to the terms and conditions the Applicant's wife was alleged to have broken twice previously. To the best of the Applicant's knowledge, Mr Hatch did not respond to this letter. The Applicant's wife only ever posts to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that she is well familiar with, and she only ever posts articles that she has already published on the Church and State website. Nonetheless, Facebook have responded to only three of the Applicant's wife's 22 appeals since 1 December 2015, citing "technical problems" in each instance.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)
20th 17 May 2017 (1 day)
21st 19 June 2017 (1 day)
22nd 19-20 August 2017 (2 days) (ongoing)

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Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch

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UPDATE 6 September (11.15am): When it comes to stopping me from posting Church and State articles directly to pages and/or groups, Facebook's 22nd block since 1 December 2015 was removed on 21 August (a 3-day block). There's no telling what's next from Facebook. This is my report to them last night citing four other kinds of blocks since 5 April that includes the treating as spam individual book excerpts and/or articles (the unprecedented block yesterday against two articles remains ongoing):

For the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Facebook

5 September 2017

Dear Facebook,

I posted the following reply to your messages in my Support Inbox (please find both messages attached):

Please note that these two links you are treating as spam are to articles on our Church and State website:

Contraception and the Catholic Church

Christian fundamentalists are driving our country into the Dark Ages

The second article above has been liked/shared by Facebook users over 70,000 times. Neither article is spam.

On 5 April I reported that the page listing all the groups I belong to was not working. With this rectified, I reported on 10 April that I couldn't schedule posts on my page. Then I reported on 12 April that my scheduled posts were not posting. On 6 June I reported that there was no fault with an excerpt from a book by Dr Pascal Bruckner, one of France's leading public intellectuals (a 16-day block). On 24 July I reported that there was no fault with an excerpt from a book by Prof Paul Cliteur, one of the Netherlands' leading public intellectuals (an 18-day block).

On 10 August, Facebook replied: "We reviewed your [Prof Cliteur] post again and found it does follow our Community Standards. The post is being restored to Facebook. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Regards,
Lola Heavey
https://www.facebook.com/networkforchurchmonitoring/

UPDATE 6 September (continued): Despite our distinguished list of 127 Honorary Associates from around the world, the blocks on public access to our Church and State website also continue unabated. I have updated my blog post of 16 January with this morning's 723rd block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of April (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on the Danish Cartoon Crisis; 101 blocks last month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day. For example, as I point out in an earlier blog post about the almost certain loss of our employment contracts to the United States by Royal Mail (as opposed to the United States Postal Service), the second article below has 1/2 million Facebook likes/shares (not zero):



UPDATE 6 September (continued): And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We pay £65 per month for BT Infinity but feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 6/9/2017 RE: 155th Internet cut since 26 May 2017).

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