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Community standards?

At around 11 o’clock yesterday morning, Facebook apparently decided the contents of this website violate its community standards. They offered no explanation whatsoever about what content or which standard was in violation.

The first indication anything was awry came when I was scrolling through my feed on Instagram — a Facebook product — and suddenly I couldn’t “like” other users’ photos. The alert box on Instagram mentioned a problem with the link in my profile, which was merely a link to https://goneaway.blog.

Then I had a look at my Facebook page and noticed that any content with a link to this website — which was more or less all of it — had vanished without a trace. To confirm the problem, I attempted to resolve several links to this website in Facebook’s sharing debugger. That’s when I finally saw the dreaded Facebook message of death:

We can’t review this website because the content doesn’t meet our Community Standards. If you think this is a mistake, please let us know.

Facebook has a long reputation for opacity in its resolution process, so I’m not going to waste much time trying to figure out why they did what they did or convince them to change their minds.

If Facebook has been your primary path to this website, I’d appreciate it if you could at least create a bookmark in your browser so you can find your way back. This blog’s Facebook page may not be around much longer.