PinoyG4M kicked out of Facebook.

Facebook removed the PinoyG4M fan page. Bern sent me an SMS last night, telling me the page was removed because of a reported violation.

This was in my homepage when I logged in to Facebook:

Your Page “pinoyg4m” has been removed for violating our Terms of Use. A Facebook Page is a distinct presence used solely for business or promotional purposes. Among other things, Pages that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorized individual. If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in the permanent loss of your account.

If you need further assistance with this issue, please visit http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=page_disabled.

PinoyG4M logoLet me see: The page is not hateful, nor does it attack any individual or group. It was created by one of the site moderators, so it was not set up by some unauthorized individual. It seemed that it was threatening to at least person who reported it to the Facebook admins. I’m not too sure about obscene.

It’s true that the Facebook page is often used by Facebook users to post number and invitations for hook-ups, but that’s merely text. And there aren’t really any raunchy language used. Compared to lots of Facebook users that are not afraid of dying of pneumonia by the way they show a lot of skin in their photos, the PG4M page is actually pretty tame.

Here are the Facebook Pages Terms:

  1. Pages are special profiles that may only be used to promote a business or other commercial, political, or charitable organization or endeavor (including non-profit organizations, political campaigns, bands, and celebrities).
  2. You may only administer a Facebook Page if you are an authorized representative of the subject of the Page.
    Pages can only post content and information under the “everyone” setting.
  3. When you publish content or information to your Page we have no obligation to distribute your content or information to users.
  4. If you use a Like Box or similar widget off of our site to promote your Page, others will be able to copy and place the widget elsewhere.
  5. You may not place a Like Box or similar widget in an advertisement.
  6. If you collect user information on your Page, Section 9 of this Statement also applies to you.
  7. If you display any content on your Page that is an ad or could be construed as an ad, that content must comply with the ad requirements of the Advertising Guidelines.
  8. You may not establish terms beyond those set forth in this Statement to govern the posting of content by users on a Page you administer, except you may disclose they types of content you will remove from your Page and grounds for which you may ban a user from accessing the Page.
  9. You will restrict access to your Page in order to comply with all applicable laws. For example, if your Page includes content not suitable for minors, you will use your Page to block minors from accessing your Page.

Facebook has had a long history of seemingly homophobic content moderation, so I’m not so shocked that they removed our website’s fan page given that our website is targeted towards gay and bisexual men. But that does not mean I am fine with what they did nor will take this sitting down.

While I am still considering what is the best course of action to get an explanation why the page was removed, I decided it is easier, all in all, to create a new fan page instead of appealing to reverse Facebook’s decision. I will, however, demand to know on what grounds was the page removed.

Finally, I was able to get into Google+. I can’t wait for Google to open Google+ to the public so that I could slowly remove myself from Facebook.

Here is the URL to the new PG4M Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PinoyG4M/162099133861855