Facebook flunks English, suspends user for writing “chigger.”

Posted by: Phineas on July 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

**Posted by Phineas


The illiteracy, it burns:

It started yesterday, when SF author Michael Z Williamson was blocked by Facebook for 12 hours for using the word “chigger” in a post.  When his twelve hours were up — following massive derision against Facebook by all his friends — his block expired. He was promptly blocked again.

Read the rest of Charlie Martin’s post. Williamson finally got his account unblocked, but Facebook also couldn’t understand “niggardly,” and so banned another miscreant; Facebook tried the “we’re overwhelmed with reported posts and sometimes make mistakes” excuse, but that doesn’t explain why they continue to allow a page that calls for a man’s murder and others that repeatedly use an extremely offensive word for Blacks. (Not to mention various pages advocating violent jihad against the West.)

Facebook is a private company and has every right to monitor what’s written on its site, but one would think they should want to a) hire people with the vocabulary of at least a 7th-grader; b) try to be consistent; or c) just give up and let everyone vent. (At least option C is helpful for monitoring idiot jihadis.)

Flashback: It’s not the first time the use of the word “niggardly” has exposed the ignorant.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Facebook flunks English, suspends user for writing “chigger.””


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    Perhaps he should have used “chegro” or “chegroid”.

  2. Facebook is for pre-teens and idiots. Apparently, it’s doing its best to live down to the intelligence / education level of its users.

  3. Sefton says:

    Phineas – I see your “niggardly” story and raise you a “black hole” story…


  4. Phineas says:

    I see your “niggardly” story and raise you a “black hole” story…

    Head, meet desk. Argh… o->

  5. Jen says:

    This is the same Facebook that is hosting 10 separate pages titled “Kill Zimmerman”. These pages remain despite numerous complaints and reports. I received the following response when I complained.”The pages do not violate Facebook’s policy regarding violence or threats.”
    I am not joking about this.

  6. Steph says:

    This is also the same Facebook that REFUSES to block child pornographers who actively seek out not only child porn lovers but children to be abused. Disgusting.

  7. Carlos says:

    And, this is the same Facebook that not only actively supported our celebrity president, but every lunatic jackass in California.

    Go figure that they don’t have a clue about the language…