Face-less-book

Facebook.

We all use it to share with friends, to promote our books or just chat about writing, but what happens when it goes bad?
I discovered what happens today when Facebook, in all its omnipotent wisdom decided to shut down the official Facebook page for the graphic novel I illustrated, Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times.
According to a very vague message from Facebook, the site breached its community standards, specifically in the area of “bullying”. 
The thing is Facebook won’t tell us what constituted the bullying. They just shut us down – even after we made an appeal.
There is nothing on our Witch Hunts page that constitutes bullying, or any other breach. In fact the graphic novel has received nothing but positive reviews from critics, is a textbook in a history program at a US college and is up for a Bram Stoker Award.
Worse still, mine, Rocky Wood’s and Lisa Morton’s Facebook accounts have been temporarily blocked for 12 hours.
Whether the complaint is genuine is now less important compared to the actions of Facebook. To shut down a page without a warning, or better still the opportunity to reply to the complaint – in other words to find us guilty before innocence has been proved – is ironically tantamount to wait for it … BULLYING!
If someone out there has a genuine complaint then let’s hear it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is also entitled to have a fair right of reply.
I ask anyone who reads this to share this on your social pages. The only way we are going to get Facebook to change it’s barbaric ways is to let the world know about it.
In the meantime, you can still find out all there is to know about our book at www.witchhuntsbook.com
Here’s Rocky Wood’s thoughts on the debacle http://witchhunts.lisamorton.com/wp/?p=339

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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3 Responses to Face-less-book

  1. FB has been coming under a heck of a lot of fire recently from the #FBrape campaign run by @EverydaySexism (you can follow all the action of Twitter if you're interested about it. In fact, a lot of major newspapers and bloggers have posted online about it too)

    I think FB may be in a bit of a vulnerable place right now regarding censorship and moderation of its content.

    Of course, none of this excuses the way in which they have closed your page down without sufficient explanation or your right to reply. The two things may not even be related, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see FB partaking in a bit of a blanket ban over the next month or so.

  2. Greg Chapman says:

    Thanks for your feedback Angeline. Much appreciated. I hope to get a resolution to this soon.

  3. Pingback: Witch Hunts graphic novel turns 5! | Darkartisan

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