Well-nigh instantaneously, as I tried to post my weekly “Joe Collidge” piece on Facebook, I received the following message:
“Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”
What “other people”? Who had any opportunity to read it? I’d only just written it. Do they mean Mr. Algorithm?
I think I’ve figured out, though, which particular phrase set off the robot’s alarm bell. As an experiment, I’ll go back and try a minor edit. If it works, I’ll return to this post and add a P.S. In the meantime, I hope the picture of the happy puppies can spare me further censorship.
P.S.–I made the edit and still can’t post it. This time it’s some razzmatazz about not being able to download the message from my URL, whatever the deuce that means.
If any of you would like to experiment, try sharing the Joe Collidge post on your Facebook page and see what happens–and let me know.