Facebook Censors Promoter Alexis Mincolla's Flyers and Viral Videos UPDATE
Photo by Charis Kirchheimer
The social media network's Iron Guard has taken down several photos and six videos the self-professed purveyor of rad uploaded to his Facebook homepage. Those included a few of his entertaining short films depicting him murdering (in a really fake, staged way of course) unsuspecting revelers attending his weekly bacchanal. (One of the deleted videos is posted at the bottom of this item).
In addition, Mincolla has been temporarily barred from posting any new images or videos. Facebook has also threatened to disable his account entirely.
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"It's kind of an honor," Mincolla says, "but also a pain in the ass. I
get most of my traffic through Facebook. When people tag their friends
it just goes viral."
We're guessing some grungy, smelly hipster
wearing torn up checkered vans and a coffee-stained Members Only jacket
who couldn't get into Mincolla's Misfit Fridays party at Louis pitched a fit to the Facebook goon squad.
According to an email Mincolla got from FB, he was reported "for
does not allow content that attack an individual or group, or that
contain nudity, drug use, violence, or other violations of the Terms of
Facebook claims it is just trying to protect the kids.
Really? Well if that were true then why does Facebook allow applications like Pimp Fights and Mob Wars, in which to get ahead, you have to commit violence? And how about all those quizzes Facebook users love to take like "Which Crazy Bitch Are You?" And have you checked out "Serial Killer Gifts," which lets users send lovely items such as nitrile gloves, ether, a bloody mop, a crobar, and meat hooks to their friends?
It seems Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg needs a lesson in artistic expression. If not, he is risking of alienating more users who will turn other fledging social media networks to express themselves.
As for Mincolla, even he admits his videos can be interpreted as condoning violence. "But it's so theatrical and cinematic," he reasons. "I didn't think it would become a problem."
For those of you who want to help Mincolla get Facebook off his back, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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