The neurodiversity movement has used their filthy tentacles to ensnare many different things. These include the Federal government of the United States, Autism Speaks, the Simon Foundations' Spectrum Magazine and now Facebook.
Regular readers of my blog remember that I've written about Facebook on two different occasions deleting some pro-cure (of autism) posts at the behest of the neurodiversity movement. I wrote about this previously In response to this, I deactivated my Facebook account, not sure when I'd return. Five days after I deactivated my account, out of unconscious habit, I relogged back in and activated it and have remained on for a while, posting sparingly.
A few days ago, Facebook reached a low in banning my blog. When I write a new blog post, I usually publicize it on both Facebook and Twitter. When I tried to link my last blog post on my Facebook page I got a message saying it did not meet with their community standards. These include hate speech, people advocating violence and putting pornography on facebook. so now autism's gadfly falls into this nefarious category. As a test, I attempted to post the URL www.autismgadfly.blogspot.com in a facebook post without linking to any specific post. Again, I got this message. In response to this, I've once again deactivated my facebook account. I may return at some point, but I guess I'm going to have to try to not to log onto facebook, at least for a while. I might reactivate the account at some point and then see about not using it once it's active, but still don't know what I will do.
One person asked me about the details and if there was any way I could inquire as to why facebook did this. The answer is that the only recourse Facebook offers is that you can ask for a review of the post they allege violates their community standards. I did this, but now that my account is not active at the current time I'm not sure what their response will be if any. As far as directly contacting Facebook to ask for an explanation, this is not really possible. Facebook does not really give information where you can specifically contact them. With more than a billion users, they don't have the time, resources, or inclination to answer queries about problems people have with their platform, particularly the arbitrary censorship that recently happened to me.
I'm trying to ponder the answer to the question why now. My last two posts may have been controversial, but nothing out of the ordinary for autism's gadfly. In response to Amy Schumer's husband allegedly having an ASD, I wrote a post suggesting that some people alleging to be autistic may have factitious syndrome. However, I don't think this post was up long enough for anyone to take notice and immediately complain FB and have them ban my blog. The post before that dealt with Julia Bascom's effort to have as many women diagnosed with autism as possible, stating the old neurodiversity trope that autism is underestimated in women and that the just as many women are autistic as men, despite the reported 3:1 to 4:1 gender imbalance reported in the literature. Not sure if either of these two posts were the tipping point for neurodiversity activists or not.
In recent months, my profile increased just a little bit when I had an unfavorable article about the ND
movement published in spectator magazine. In response to this someone filed a bogus complaint with twitter, claiming my posts violated their terms of service. Twitter emailed me about this saying there was no basis for this claim. Next, people repeatedly vandalized and defaced my Wikipedia page. Because of this Yuval, who maintains my page, inquired with Wikipedia for giving my page their highest level of protection possible which they did. Maybe I should flattered by this newest development in that I may be finally making an impact and the ND movement certainly does not want the truth about how viciously evil they are to become well known.
It seems this censorship has started to reach a new plateau with various autism books that propose bogus treatments for autism being banned from amazon. The anti-vax documentary callous disregard has also been taken off amazon. Various posts from the anti-vaxers have been deleted from various social media sites.
Though I don't believe the FDA should allow chelatiuon and other questionable treatments, and I don't believe vaccines cause autism for the most part, this censorship and its slippery slope does concern me.
On Twitter, I pondered how soon would this happen to me. Would Amazon purge my novel, the mu rhythm bluff from its site. Would Google delete this blog, as one ND proponent vowed he said he'd be able to accomplish. John Robison, asked me if I had any reason to believe that Amazon and/or Google had considered such action. I replied, seriously no, but with all the power he and other NDs had acquired, I did not know what the future bode for me.
Shortly afterwards, Facebook banned my blog.
So far, I have only had problems with Facebook and not with any other site or platform, but that could easily change, and as I said, I don't know what the future bodes for me and my crusade against this insidious movement that causes so much harm to autistics and their families and does no good.
On Twitter, I wondered what would happen if such censorship were directed at the neurodiversity movement. One of my followers gave a concise and what is probably the definitive answer: World War Three.
ADDENDUM: I reactivated my FB account and posted URL to my blog as a test, it seems the ban's
been lifted. But I'm still really pissed this happened and may deactivate the account again.