I just wanted to let my readers know that I encountered a facebook group autism acceptance (or something like that) who had a post asking why any autism group would promote a shirt advocating for a cure for autism and ergo the destruction and killing of autistic people. It was captioned with the following photo:
I made the mistake of posting a comment on this page stating that though a cure may be considered politically incorrect, it was a nice thought and that if people did not want a cure for autism they should not get one.
I then copied and pasted this photo on my own facebook page with a similar comment. I was shocked to find that at least one of these neurodiversity people reported this to facebook and had my post deleted.
I was so shocked and angry over this injustice that I posted that I was seriously considering deleting my account. One individual commented that some neurodiversity people had started a page entitled "Mothers who hate their autistic children" which was apparently one of the well-known attempts by some neurodiversity activists to bring back the bettelheim era. They would say things like some mothers wanted to cure their autistic children because they hate them. They filed a report with Facebook who responded that this did not rise to their definition of hate speech and did not delete the page. But apparently if someone posts a polite comment and photo like this, this constitutes hate speech from Facebook's point of view.
I wrote a post stating that I was considering deleting my account I was so angry over this, though some people urged me to stay on. I requested an account delete but it usually takes two weeks or more to go through and you can cancel before deleting your account. I decided there might be an alternative explanation for this like a DMCA violation of posting this photo, so I cancelled the delete and told people I would stay for the time being.
I thought this originally because the photo was taken out of the original post I got it from, but I just think the page owner found it so offensive she coudldn't stand looking at it. So, it seems unlikely there is an explanation other than the fact facebook engages in censorship of anti-neurodiversity pro-cure posts even if they are polite.
I've now decided on a compromise. Instead of deleting my facebook account I deactivated it, meaning that I put it in abeyance for an indefinite period of time but I can always go back and put it back on if I want. So this way, I won't lose data if I want to go back in and get some old photos or some other data I have on my FB page. I can also restore the page if I change my mind.
There is no point in participating in facebook if they are a pro neurodiversity organization who engages in this type of censorship. Now the ND's have succeeded in getting autism speaks to abandon the search for a cure and the federal government to abandon combating autism, they've now suceeded in getting facebook to delete any pro-cure posts that they report to them. At least they were not successful in getting my newsweek profile killed.
So I guess if anyone gives a shit about me they can see what I post on twitter, which does not seem to engage in the petty censorship that facebook does.
I enjoyed logging on to facebook and looking at some people's pages and chatting with people and all the other perks involved in being on facebook. I guess the ND's can take some satisfaction in that they've delivered another blow to me and unfettered speech.