Facebook have deleted my page for (non-existent) porn violation…

I posted a little post on my Facebook page yesterday morning, A Girl Called Jack, a quick hello and a catch up, asking people what they were having for dinner, and apologising for not being around so much lately, what with the children being on summer break, getting any work at all done lately has been a bit of a pipe dream!

Unusually, nobody liked it, nobody looked at it, and nobody commented. I left it a day, and this morning logged into Facebook to see if I had accidentally ‘hidden’ my page or made the post private, or some other dumb thing.

I didn’t expect to find an error message saying that Facebook had unpublished my page for violating a ‘strict policy against sharing pornographic content’.

I have clicked the little button to appeal Facebook’s ‘decision’ – as to the very best of my knowledge there was and never has been any ‘pornographic content’ posted on my page – and am awaiting the results of the appeal. (Was it the rather large marrow, I wonder? Or the sticky sweet pot of marmalade?)

I know of several cases where friends and high profile people have had their social media pages maliciously attacked in an attempt to have them removed. One friend had a photo of her daughter reported on Instagram, sitting on a stool in pants and a tshirt, and her Instagram account was closed down. Facebook is notorious for knee-jerk closures of accounts and pages without carrying out any investigations at all, claiming it does not have the staff levels required to investigate every complaint.

My Facebook page was the biggest source of traffic to my blog. I’m not sure why someone is so upset by a bit of recipe sharing, some cheap meal ideas, and news about food banks and politics – as to try to close it down with lies and malicious behaviour – but I built this blog from nothing, with next to nothing, and I will simply set up another Facebook page if I need to, and start again.

I would like to apologise to the 33,002 people who follow and Like my page, who are unable to view it or comment on it at the moment. If I need to set another one up, I will keep you all posted.

In the meantime, while I am unable to post pictures of Garlic Jam or ask what you’re all having for dinner, the vulgar, racist, crude, far-right and genuinely pornographic Facebook pages and groups continue, thrive, unreported and uninhibited by a bizarre set of rules and algorithms.

I’ll be back with recipes and posts on my blog shortly – I’m just having a short break with the children before they start Big School in September. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer, and I hope to have The Facebook Problem resolved shortly. And here’s all the photos ever published on my Facebook page – can you spot the one that violates their strict standards on pornography and nudity?

 

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Jack. x

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109 thoughts on “Facebook have deleted my page for (non-existent) porn violation…

  1. Wow. Facebook is an appalling company, we already knew that, but it staggers me that they don’t even check the reports are genuine before acting on them – I really hope they get themselves sorted and put your page back!

    • Who is the god of face book who has decided to interfere with watchers enjoyment of Jack’s blog and useful we can follow on a reasonable budget [which eating blog can claim this]?
      I will answer none, they all need further shopping, and seem to ignore what we carry in our cupboard.
      Chin up Jack
      Lance
      South Africa

  2. It’s those apples, Jack. They look awfully plump & firm!

    I’m sure it’s a silly mistake. Hopefully they will fix it quickly. Keep up the good work.

  3. Weird – I was only thinking of you this morning (that and food banks!). Glad to hear you’re well, not glad at all to hear FB are being arse. Go get ‘em Jack…

    PS – mother in law’s visit ended in her announcing she’ll be buying a copy of your book. Spanish style chicken rocks!

  4. Very insane….but I’m never surprised by the insanity of social media. I have chosen not to use Facebook because I’ve heard so many stories like yours. Hope you get it sorted out soon….I don’t think you need worry about losing any followers over a daft Facebook mistake….good luck:)

  5. Rubbish! Didn’t even realise you were on Facebook as well, so when you do get back up and running you’ll get an extra follower – so not all bad! Hope all sorts out speedily :)

  6. There’s a good fun movie out called ‘Chef’ at the moment, which one reviewer called ‘food porn’. One of the themes is the perils of social media, when the chef in the movie tweets his indignation about a bad food review, thinking only the food critic will read it, not realising that so can the rest of the world.

    No … can’t spot anything in your posts myself. I was thinking of sending a reply to your Facebook page, on the mixed Polish-English food we would be having (my wife is Polish, I am English).

  7. It was, sadly, probably the marrow … either through a malicious report, or FB just being over zealous … it’s the only picture that even hints at anything in that direction. They are on a big sweep at the moment though … I’ve seen reports of women’s mastectomy pictures being removed, one of an amputees stump, and more personally, I’ve had several friends accounts either temporarily banned or even lost entirely because of petty things like a picture of their kid in a swimsuit at the beach, or even FB not believing they are real people (and if you don’t have a photo ID of some kind, which I for one don’t, then that one is impossible to prove).

    Hopefully they will realise their mistake in this case and reinstate your page … then I can go follow it :D

  8. Hi Jack glad you are enjoying your holiday with your little soon to be bigger ones. Did look up your page the other day to make sure I had not missed anything and noted it had vanished.

  9. Food porn! Lol Morons. Like you said, there is still some horrific and downright disgusting images regularly doing the rounds that have definitely been reported but still manage to be allowed an existence. Hope they sort it asap for you otherwise they may receive 33,002 angry objections 😉

  10. Crazy — though it must be an automated process. Follow you here and on Twitter and not on FB, but shortly you will be getting (hopefully!) humble and red-faced apologies from FB for having deleted what must be one of the best pages they have (amid all the garbage there).

  11. It’s envy.
    Pure old envy, some people just can’t see others doing well; instead of looking within and improving their own lives, they would rather criticize everybody else’s success.
    It’s rather sad, but don’t worry about it.
    I for one, will follow you wherever you go :)

  12. Good response to Facebook: return to the roots that worked. I rarely use the thing…the company and concepts scare me, and I fear that I am being ridiculous…until I hear of something like this.

  13. Can’t think of anything that’s ever improved with facebook since they started – every time they make a change, or introduce a new feature, it’s for the worse, and they don’t seem to be inclined to take the desires of their users into account, but insist on splattering the pages with increasingly irritating ads. A lot of those ads are pornographic in their own right, so why do they still appear?
    Best of luck getting this stupid decision overturned!

  14. I think its the marrow – & your knowing smile…

    Ridiculous – haven’t had anything to do with Faceache for years & don’t miss it at all, but sorry to hear they’ve faffed you about.

    • defo this haha,
      they better un-suspend your account, it wouldn’t be helpful if you had to let people know via your newspaper articles that they can’t access your FB page to keep up to date with your recipes, imagine the emails they would get from your 30K+ followers, what a nuisance that would be xx

  15. Has to be that marrow, Jack. Some years ago Hotmail stopped my email account because of porn! At 70 years old, I can but hope!!!

  16. Sadly this is not new. Facebook has been banning, blocking and taking down innocent/non pornographic LGBTQ content for years. For example: http://www.queerty.com/facebook-bans-queer-as-folk-writer-for-celebrating-marriage-equality-in-text-post-20140523 or http://www.queerty.com/facebook-just-banned-106-users-for-posting-this-offensive-photo-of-two-men-kissing-20131228.

    I’m guessing someone took offence to your politics, sexuality or possibly anything, reported you, and the automated system kicked in. But as someone else pointed out, the amount of straight couples removed for kissing or just posting is zero. Facebook really does have issues.

  17. I was really angry to hear what happened to your Facebook page and can only offer my support and hope that you set up another blog soon and Facebook retract their position. Thanks so much for your blog, I am a single Mum with 2 dependent children and love the recipes in your book. Gaye Brodie

    Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:10:00 +0000 To: gayebrodie@outlook.com

  18. if FB wont accept your appeal – and you have to set up a new page – take care. you will not be able to use your previous email as that will already be logged on their system as belonging to someone who breaks their “rules”.
    you will need to set up a new email address to get around their censors.
    Good luck though, and I hope FB listen to reason – though I doubt it.

  19. i love your facebook messages to all of us out there who want to read them. why don’t people just click on the arrow and click ‘i don’t want to see this again’. jealous, petty people. you carry on my dear.

  20. Where I’m from there has a been a few friends who have been reported randomly followed by some kind of hacking scam too so it could be a whole fb thing. Hope its not permanent as I love ur page x

  21. I have just posted a link to this blog post on my Facebook page. Those of you wondering how to protest could perhaps do the same and draw attention to this nonsense.

  22. “In the meantime, while I am unable to post pictures of Garlic Jam or ask what you’re all having for dinner, the vulgar, racist, crude, far-right and genuinely pornographic Facebook pages and groups continue, thrive, unreported and uninhibited by a bizarre set of rules and algorithms.”

    Despicable, hypocritical & unsurprising. May this problem be solved soon so that you can be back to normal on Facebook.

  23. Well, it’s obviously the two apples (very suggestive) the naked loaves of bread and that HUGE marrow you were displaying. They do similar shut downs on eBay – a friend was shut down due a customer who complained no package arrived – a replacement order was sent, the customer then complained an item was missing, (the post office weigh parcels so my friend recreated the order and the weight was the same) this was explained to the customer but still sent ‘missing’ item, the customer produced another problem, my friend said no and the customer complained to eBay who without any investigation, closed down the shop and she lost her top ratings, had to re-list every item and start all over again. The victim is always perceived to have rights, and the worst situation is a pregnant woman who has rights over a foetus which has none. It’s hugely unfair.

  24. Never would have noticed as never use/nor intend to use Facebook, but very nice to have you back chatting on email, missed the everyday chit chat since you’ve been on Facebook.

  25. Your blog didn’t include the word ‘Scunthorpe’, did it? Apparently it fails some automated obscenity checks! :-)

  26. Grrrrr – what a pain. I hope you are able to make a huge big fuss and shame them. When you think of the vile stuff they don’t seem to deal with it is an outrage! As said above, utterly crazy. Is there anything you would like us followers to share about it on our own pages? Any kind of statement you would like spread?
    J x

  27. Daft isn’t it. An alternative news site called Natural News complained on their mailings out the other day about being censored on Facebook and they were going to find alternative means of communicating instead. In their case, its probably down to them having got up the nose of their government (ie the American government). Errrrm…..at a guess…you may just have got up a few British Government noses…..LOL

  28. I don’t think the vile pages go unreported, but they seem to be left alone by Facebook who have some insane version of what is allowed and what is removed. Hate pages are fines, apparently, but marrows? Not a hope in hell of keeping a page when you have photo’s of vegetables!

  29. Maybe they’ve got all Little Britain and banned lesbian jam? The mind boggles! I’ve become so despondent with facebook, I worked very hard to build up my page’s likes (Cream Tees) but unless you have constant interaction through competitions etc you can’t maintain the ‘reach’ and are therefore punished by having no reach, your posts go unseen by your likers, so they can no longer interact with you. God forbid you take your foot off the pedal to concentrate on other things in your life!

  30. Hi Jack, That is so upsetting for you and all your followers including moi! I just recently bought your little book for my niece who is about to start uni in October and I thought your quick, tasty and economical recipes would set her up nicely. I do hope the issue gets resolved. Somebody troll like may have targeted you is all I can think of… Best wishes and Big Bisous from France! XXX

  31. I think FB has had its day myself. I have closed my account and follow your Blog direct. It’s just full of adverts and rubbish, even my kids rarely use it now. You have always had problems Jack, but you have always had the strength and integrity to overcome them. It’s just like in the press, build people up to knock them down.
    Thank you for all you do for others.

  32. I’m sorry to hear of your deleted account! I hope you get it back soon! You need to be told exactly WHAT was posted that broke the rules.. was your account hacked?

  33. Well obviously it’s the picture of the topless pan!! You should have put the lid on ;-)

    I wondered where you’d gone, nice to know all’s well. Enjoy the last few days of the school Summer holidays.:-)

  34. Realised that I hadn’t seen anything from you lately. Good luck with your appeal.

    “JACK MONROE:” wrote: > a:hover { color: red; } a { text-decoration: none; color: #0088cc; } a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; } /* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; } } */ WordPress.com Jack Monroe (MsJackMonroe) posted: “I posted a little post on my Facebook page yesterday morning, A Girl Called Jack, a quick hello and a catch up, asking people what they were having for dinner, and apologising for not being around so much lately, what with the children being on summer bre”

  35. This is bonkers! Like someone above has mentioned I’m guessing it’s someone who takes issue with you/your/life/politics blah blah blah who has complained they need to get a life and let us enjoy your updates/recipes/frugal ideas etc etc as I for one will miss your page!

  36. This seems to be ridiculous of Facebook – and so unfair and inconsistent, especially in view of the fact that at the end of last week someone I had recently ‘friended’ because they had a lot of ‘friends’ in common with me, immediately posted several random nude pictures and explicit close ups of genitals of both sexes.

    I hid the post, deleted, un-friended and reported the content as unacceptable nudity/porn via the offered system on Facebook. I then got a response from Facebook that they didn’t consider it to be a breach of their policies!

    And now you experience this … unbelievable!

  37. Definitely the marrow image, no argument…oo-er.
    You should be more like the moderator on a local FB history group I used to belong to. His personal FB page is full of pornographic, woman debasing, jokes and foul racist anti Islam rants. Facebook allows him to moderate a group. I disagreed with him once……he banned me, I am pleased to say.

  38. Facebook has a lot of problems because in a way it has become a utility yet it has a lot of things set to automation. I have reported things that are clearly pornographic to facebook ( as an educator who sees some of what students have liked it is more an unofficial extension of my duties) yet facebook has a strange standard of what is classed as pornographic. I hope you can fix this problem.

  39. Mmmm bolognon… That picture makes my mouth water, but maybe it has a different effect on other people?

    Seriously, though, this is ridiculous. I hope it was an accident rather than a malicious attack, but that’s probably just wishful thinking. And equally seriously, I already had bolognon on our menu for next week (it makes regular appearances).

  40. oh I bet its the pop tart and food porn! :-) what a daft situation! spending less and less time on the site due to its controlling nature!

  41. Facebook is really frustrating but look forward to hearing from you again. Keep up the good work we’re all behind you, so to speak!!

  42. Funny how all the pages with actual pornography, race and religion based hatred and physical violence against women and children I report take weeks and weeks to be taken down and tons of reports from myself and friends.

  43. Sabotage at it best for something doing well. Anyway I look forward to when you return with your recipes on FB. Keep up the amazing and smart way you doing what u do😄👍

  44. Facebook was a fun idea once but how many times do they screw up and stay in business? You know, we all know they’ve got it wrong, you’ll come out the better for it and we’ll all be cheering when your page is up and running again, original or new. Enjoy the rest of the holidays and get those sleeves rolled up to wow us into autumn!

  45. Just another reason why I don’t bother with FB. Blogs and twitter work fine (most of the time) for me. Hope you get it sorted if it matters to you, though, Jack.

  46. Have “shared” your email on facebook. will be interesting to see the result. As you say they have such weird rules who knows what is allowed and what is not.It is a pity that facebook seems to be the only social media readily available to all. If you know of another way to share let me know. Is there a direct link to our blog so that we, your followers can by pass facebook? Still love you and your blogs Jack. Keep up the good work.

  47. This too shall pass. Does it matter? Do we care? Don’t sweat the bollocks Jack. Out here in the real world, we think you’re great.

  48. Was wondering why hadn’t seen any posts recently. I use FB a lot to be nosey and keep in touch with people but when you think of the amount of rubbish and sometimes quite disturbing posts that are put up, to delete your page is ridiculous!

  49. Unless a picture of a pretty girl with a nice smile offends somebody, and if it does I really think they need to get a life.

  50. We have had some car pictures sent to us and face book have stopped us from seeing then cuz they said they are abusive lol what is the world coming to

  51. Some of those cakes do look obscenely delicious! This is the first time I have heard about this. Surely Facebook is making enough money that they can afford to employ staff to at least look at the site being complained about to see if it is a valid comment before they take it down? All very silly!
    Jane
    shoestringcottage.wordpress.com

  52. You know, I heard somewhere the other day that a lot of automated porn scanners misread the orange in photos as possible flesh tones . . . It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s a flawed technology or some crank reporting you out of spite, no company should remove an account completely before a sensible human being has reviewed the page. Typical Facebook.

  53. I’m sorry you’re going through this. What made me laugh though is that in my android browser there are pictures of naked women with links to dubious websites between your text and the comments :) had to scroll past them to get here. Supposedly the links are related to the content of your post. Maybe the word recipe has a new meaning…

  54. There’s too much of this nonsense – my PayPal account is now “restricted” because I won’t provide them with photo ID; they claim it’s because of money-laundering regulations! When I tried to speak to someone about it they claimed to be unable to do anything for me because it was a computer-generated routine that can’t be over-ridden!

  55. Dear Jack

    I am so sorry to hear this and hope it is sorted out very soon for you. The world just keeps getting more and more silly with genuine people being targeted and those who should be stopped left free. However, just wanted you to know (amongst many other thousand emails that you will probably receive) that I support you wholeheartedly, have been very interested in what you have achieved – a super gutsy lady. I look forward to you returning refreshed after a break and getting on with life. Hope the start of ‘big’ school goes well. Even my youngest grandchild is now ten but I am half expecting to see some lunch box ideas from you in due course.

    Good wishes
    Katherine

    Sent from Windows Mail

  56. Kick up a stink & get your followers to do the same. A pin-up model called Bianca Bombshell had her page un-published by FB recently following a malicious complaint & after enough fuss was made it was reinstated as although to some the content was racy nothing breached the rules!

  57. And all the while Britain First still exists on Facebook! However, you seem to be holding a big chopper on one picture 😜

  58. And yet Facebook won’t close down the group “Dead Baby Jokes” which posts appalling material. WTF.
    Anyway, I hope you’re all excited for the next chapter with school starting. It flies past once they’re at school (my eldest returns to start yr 1 next week) xx

  59. they took away my husband’s personal page because he goes by the name Jack (!) and his real name is John. When he appealed saying Jack is a REAL nickname for John they denied him, closed his account and “warned” him to quit using a fake name. HA! Sorry they scrapped your page-I was not a follower because I’ve just stumbled upon you here : ) cheers from Alaska

  60. This from a site that uses terms like “poke” and “like me” ??? Just found your blog via a comment on The Kitchn (www.thekitchn.com). I’m not on Facebook. I am a new reader/fan!

  61. This from a site that uses terminology like “poke” and “like me” ???

    I’m not on Facebook, but just found your blog via a comment on The Kitchn (www.kitchn.com) so a new reader/fan here!

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