This is why I do not store my life on Facebook.
I’ve noticed a lot of artists and writers abandoning their own blogs and websites to put everything up on Facebook of late, which I get– it’s so easy and you get a fantastic conversation and feedback that you just don’t get elsewhere. And it’s the one place that EVERYONE has to be. But it still seems creepy to me that FB can just shut you out of your own account with no reason given at all. Apparently Frank Cho’s account was flagged by a troll and as it was his third warning, he got locked out of his account for 14 hours, with no one to talk to, no idea what was the objection and no idea how to fix the problem. Gene Ha quoted Cho on the first lockout:
Someone took offense to my artwork and got me BANNED from Facebook. My account is completely locked out.
This is my third offense. The first two times, I was suspended. But this time I can’t even login. The screen goes white.
At this point, I just want to know which image got me banned.
And later Cho updated:
After 14 hours of hell, my Facebook account is working again with no explanation.
Every time I login, my screen went completely white. I tried login on 3 separate computers and all 3 went blank.
My tech buddy, Brandon Peterson, figured out that it was not a physical problem but someone from Facebook admin just put a block on my account.
Now they just lifted my block without a reason or explanation.
Now granted, Cho posts some of his non-X rated girlie art on his FB page, such as the above Wonder Woman. But it’s harmless “spicy” cheescake.. Nothing that deserves banning or censorship even if it isn’t your cuppa.
I know I’m a voice in the wilderness here, but make sure you keep your own stuff somewhere you own! Just sayin’.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.