Hey everybody, how's it going?

So what happened on Facebook, and where have I been? Well, a week ago Facebook deemed my post deriding several of the COVID-19 protesters in Michigan and elsewhere to be hate speech.

I've had Facebook put me in jail before. One of the reasons why this time they stuck me in jail for 7 days.

Fuck you, Facebook.

So I went through the normal rigmarole and told Facebook that I disagreed that my post constituted hate speech and appealed their decision. They came back about 10 minutes later and said that yep, they considered my post to be hate-speech. And they provided a nice helpful description of examples of the type of content they also considered to be hate-speech.

It had the usual stuff in it. Nazi propaganda, calling people racial, sexual, or religious epithets. But at the very bottom of their list was a tiny little mention of something to the effect that negative comments about COVID-19 responses will be deemed to be hate speech.

Fuck you, Facebook.

Like, what the ever loving mother fuck?

This was proverbial last straw for me. I deactivated my Facebook account, downloaded all my data, and reset my passwords to my DeviantArt, Slushe page, and set up new accounts on Mastodon and Pleroma. I also joined the DAZ 3D Discord channel.

I've already been posting my work on mjc3d.com anyway.

Fuck you, Facebook.

But one of the things I knew I would regret and miss the most was the friendships I have with each and every one of you. But goddamn, I really don't want to support society's shit-stain that is Facebook any more.

But I love each and every one of you. Even though I've only met a couple of you, and only 1 or 2 of you I know in-person, there is a special place in my mechanical heart for each and every one of you. I don't want to lose any of you.

So I've decided I'm not going away after all, but I don't think I'm going to be as active as I used to be. If I'm following you it's because I think you're pretty cool and pretty special. I'd like to think the feeling is mutual, but I'm quite okay with it if it's not.

And considering that Facebook now has it out for me, and my clearly non-politically-correct personality, I don't know how long I'll be here before they put me in jail for 30 days.

Facebook is cancer.

Fuck you, Facebook.

But this past week has gotten me to get some things in order.

I've resurrected CyberCzar.org and will now be using it, along with MJC3D.com, to be the primary place where I share anything original. If you are an artist, or a content creator, relying on third-party services like Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, DeviantArt, etc. as the sole venue for you to share your creations is simply untenable.

Companies change hands and change focus all the time, and while your interests may current align with the service you are using, there's no guarantee those interests will be aligned in the future.

So yeah, I fully expect Facebook to put me in jail in the future, but at least when they do I won't be prohibited from sharing anything I create.

But I want to get back into my blog writing. Blogs used to be this cool way to share, learn, and discover all kinds of things from all kinds of people before Facebook and Twitter came along.

So yeah, I'm back. 😉

Did you miss me? Because I sure as hell missed you!

And if you'd like to check out some of the other places I hang out, or if you want to contact me outside of Facebook, click here. 😉

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