(UPDATED 11 a.m. 5/31/17) — Editor’s Note: Facebook has now enacted a 24-hour ban on Kyle Reyes’s account.
The social media behemoth known as Facebook has had a well-documented rocky relationship with conservatives. It got rockier on Monday when a Connecticut business owner purportedly posted a comment rejoicing in the killing of a law enforcement officer and Facebook retaliated … against another business owner who called her on it.
Kyle Reyes, chief executive officer of The Silent Partner Marketing, posted a screenshot of the anti-cop comment on his business’s Facebook page. When the woman who apparently posted the anti-cop comment cried foul, Facebook deleted Reyes’s screenshot posting of the comment multiple times.
Reyes, a blogger and consultant for New Boston Post, went public with Facebook’s decision:
Reyes’s post pointing out the deletion, as of Tuesday afternoon, had reached more than 65,000 Facebook users.
A review of Reyes’s timeline indicates the screenshot has indeed been removed:
Screenshots of the comment, however, have made their way elsewhere on Facebook:
The “dead pig” comment, which was later deleted but not before several users including Reyes saved it as a screenshot, appeared in a conversation below a news report of a mass-shooting in Mississippi on Saturday, May 27 that involved the death of a sheriff’s deputy.
Reyes later posted screenshots of a conversation he had with the apparent boyfriend of the woman who posted the anti-police content. The boyfriend claims he posted the original message through his girlfriend’s account:
“She messaged me and told me she was hacked,” Reyes pointed out in earlier post.
On Wednesday morning Reyes discovered Facebook enacted a 24-hour ban on his account, apparently for sharing screenshots of his conversation with the woman’s alleged boyfriend, who had contacted him through the company’s instant messenger service:
Reyes wasn’t the only Facebook user contacted by the man who claims to be her boyfriend:
The woman later posted screenshots in the same comment thread that ran under the original news story. The screenshots, she claims, were alerts that popped up on her phone that can prove her account was compromised right around the same time that the “dead pig” comment appeared online:
The woman later followed up her screenshot with a denial:
“I would never write that. ever. I have respect for the fallen PD and soilders (sic). Someone was on my name. I think its sick and disgusting what was said and what that man did to those people. Believe what u want. I know the truth..”
Adding to the confusion is the fact that after the woman, who apparently runs her own floral business in Connecticut, elected to shut down her Facebook business page following the fallout from her account’s anti-police note. Subsequent searches for her online redirected users to a different flower shop nearby.
The second florist has no connection to the alleged “dead pig” poster, as Reyes points out:
The “dead pig” poster, according to her own bio, runs a different flower shop:
Efforts by New Boston Post to reach the woman whose account posted the “dead pig” comment were not successful Tuesday. A check of her business’s Yelp.com page shows that angry commenters have already made their feelings known regarding the post.
So how do posts get flagged and subsequently removed from Facebook — while other questionable posts remain?
A recent report by the U.K. Daily Mail indicates that Facebook employs “an army of Facebook workers” in the Philippines, paying them sub-minimum wages to comb through millions of posts each day, and flag the posts they determine to be too graphic or promote terror.
The workers make roughly $2 an hour — this, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told graduates during Harvard University’s commencement proceedings last week that all countries should band together to provide a “universal basic income” — or a set paycheck to citizens whether or not they even hold a job — “to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”
The “cushion” for Filipino workers mining Facebook for offensive content, according to the Daily Mail, involves a six-day work week and the threat of being fired for failing to meet quotas.
According to Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of policy management, the company receives more than one million reports of user violations per day.
Meanwhile, it appears that the alleged “dead pig” poster has had her own problems with hacking and being censored by Facebook:
Since FB blocked me for 24 hours for hacking into my own account.. I’ll resort to twitter!
— Sarah Wojie (@sArSaR512) December 10, 2013
Reyes followed up with Facebook after the company twice deleted the screenshot he posted.
“All they’ll say is that I’ve violated the terms and conditions of FB,” Reyes commented in a follow-up post following the deletion of the screenshots. “My agency spends tens of thousands of dollars a DAY on Facebook and Instagram.
“I just emailed our FB rep to tell them about the multi-million dollar game they are playing.”