It’s not just Meta

THEY ALL DO IT

Yesterday in a spiraling of inanity that hit me after Meta divorced me, I hopped on TikTok. I haven’t posted anything of any import on there in a week, so, obviously the first thing I did was play with a filter where numbers spin on the top of your head and guess your age.

It naturally assumed I am eight.

This morning I was scrolling TikTok again, stressed for reasons outside of social media. Lo and behold, that post… THAT post… the goofy guess-my-age video I made with the Tiktok filter was removed from Tiktok BY Tiktok for breaking their own Community Standards. I’m not kidding or lying. All I did was use their own filter for a bit of idiotic fun, and they tagged me for a CS violation.

That’s my first strike. My appeal was to click the button saying I didn’t understand how I broke CS. I’m not expecting an explanation.

All this means is that we can’t trust ANY social media platform. It’s not just Meta. It’s all of them. Use them for fun, just don’t put any faith in them.

It may sound like I’m saying not to use social media for anything related to business. That would be a fruitless ask. (What year is this, really?) I sure plan to use social media for some stuff. What I’m saying is to go ahead and use it, but always assume it is on the verge of dropping you at any moment, without warning. The social media platforms tell you you can avoid punishment by adhering to their community standards, but as many users and former users can tell you, there’s no way to avoid breaking the CS. You have to assume you are at risk of being dumped at any time.

Heads up. You are.

When a video of a cat pushing a bowl off a countertop is flagged as bullying, and the user is jailed (suspended), as happened to me for one of my multiple Facebook jailings before the Meta divorce, it’s obvious there’s no rhyme nor reason to the standards. The rules are just the cat’s way of playing with prey. And the users that made them rich are the prey. That’s us. We’ve handed over too much control to those guys.

Some of you may be old enough to remember the little analog stuff we used to do to get attention for our businesses before social media was the presumptive approach to social anything. Do me a favor? Zap me a comment with any you remember. I might recycle them and let you know if I can figure out a way to tweak them and superpower them for the modern era.

Love y’all,

Your favorite Aunt Kellie

Oh, wait. One more thing. Click this picture.

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