The matter of freedom of speech is under attack on social media platforms to such a ridiculous extent that I am going to use this forum to express my freedom of speech after being silenced on Facebook.

Recently, a guest post was added to my blog by Brita Addams titled, “A Woman’s Place in History.” It’s an excellent article that reviews the evolution of women’s rights and how authors approach that subject while penning historical romance books. It’s informative, well-written, and historically accurate.

To give this post greater visibility, I paid Facebook to boost the post. It was immediately rejected for the reason below.

Your ad may have been rejected because it mentions politicians or is about sensitive social issues that could influence public opinion, how people vote and may impact the outcome of an election or pending legislation. Our policy for running ads about social issue, electoral or politics requires you to get authorized first by confirming your identity and creating a disclaimer that lists who is paying for the ads.

Naturally, I thought it was a mistake. The article does contain the word “vote” in it, so I figured a bot just flagged it as controversial in content. I took the next step and asked for a manual review, and it came back again – rejected.

This level of censorship on Facebook has reached an all-time high when a page cannot post anything historical about the past that shines a light upon social issues. If you don’t think that this practice of censorship is dangerous, then you need a wake-up call. It’s downright outrageous, over-reaching, and threatens our freedom of speech at every level. In today’s society, we are being told how to think, speak, act, and write. The books you love to read may soon be banned or burned, if this is the avenue we are taking.

I am so overwhelmingly angry at Facebook that I could scream. If it wasn’t for the fact that my close family and friends are on the platform, I would shut my account down and walk away without a second thought. If this censorship continues, I might do so anyway.

Please take a moment to read the post and let me know what you think about Facebook’s ability to censorship history. A Woman’s Place in History by Brita Addams (Historical Tidbit!). If you wouldn’t mind, I would also appreciate comments on our Facebook Page in support of this post. https://www.facebook.com/historicalromancepromo

There isn’t too many things in life that ruffle my feathers, but this one really got my 21st-century panties in a bunch.

1 Comment

  1. I’m so sorry this happened to you! This doesn’t shock me, but it does underscore my disdain for self-appointed gatekeepers of knowledge. This was flat out censorship.

    People don’t really oppose censorship anymore, so long as it’s done all nice and “legally.” The CS Lewis quote: “It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, etc.” did not predict that the robber barons would fuse with the moral busybodies to become a behemoth of the modern age.

    Facebook harvests information from its users (and non-users too) which it sells to other entities. That’s slimy enough, but we know what we’re getting into when we sign on for an account. There’s something so noxiously sleazy about a global corporation worth a third of trillion dollars–that’s more wealth than 100 other nations– spying on its users, then turning around and demanding the individual must provide proof of “authenticity” (plus be virtually-cavity searched)! All that nonsense to post an article on past substantiated, authentic events, because somewhere, somehow, some nose-picker (apologies to nose-pickers) might come to a misbegotten belief and vote for the corporate candidate Facebook doesn’t support.

    Historical-Romance Books, you’ve been a reliable, knowledgeable site that promotes one of my first loves, historical romance. I don’t know, and don’t care where you stand politically or otherwise. This censorship of your academic work was wrong. For all that it counts, you have my support!

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