It might have been a short week, but there was certainly no shortage of digital marketing and tech news. On the docket today: users suffer #FacebookLockout after reporting spam accounts, women make history in space, Mark Zuckerberg’s thoughts on social media and free speech, and some “friendly” Friday Fun.
Facebook Users Report Being Locked out for Reporting Spam Accounts
According to several users, Facebook has begun locking people out of their accounts for reporting scammers and impostors on the platform. The hashtag #FacebookLockout picked up steam on Twitter, where those who lost access to their accounts (sometimes for weeks) shared their experiences.
After being locked out, Facebook requests that the user upload identification for verification purposes. While this seems like an easy enough task, many users have reported that the ID process doesn’t work, leaving them locked out indefinitely. For users that have accounts with connected business Pages, ad accounts and other important features, it’s a huge problem.
Without access to the platform, affected users have turned to Twitter in the hopes of attracting Facebook’s attention.
Facebook says that they’ve “worked quickly to fix an issue where we unnecessarily asked some people to verify their accounts after they reported account impersonation for someone else. We’ve removed this request and restored access to the affected accounts.”
Have you experienced a similar situation when reporting fake or harmful accounts/content on Facebook? Let us know in the comments below.
Today Marks NASA’s First All-Female Spacewalk
After being cancelled earlier this year due to space suit sizing issues, NASA’s first all-female spacewalk was scheduled to take place early this morning.
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will spend hours outside the International Space Station replacing a faulty battery part. This is Meir’s first spacewalk and Koch’s fourth, and the first all-female crew in 18 years of spacewalking.
If you were up bright and early this morning, you would’ve been able to catch this historic moment live on NASA’s official live stream. But don’t worry — we have a feeling there will be lots of epic footage following the event to mark the momentous occasion in case mornings aren’t really your thing.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Leads a Conversation on Free Speech
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg streamed a live talk at Georgetown University about Facebook’s decision not to place an outright ban on false political ads and free speech in general.
During the conversation, Facebook’s CEO discussed how free expression on the social network led to powerful social movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. Zuckerberg said he’s concerned by the spread of laws that restrict free speech online and admitted that Facebook and other social media platforms can be restrictive to free speech.
He added that while Facebook won’t allow speech or expression that promotes violence, the company will err on the side of allowing expression rather than restricting it.
“Increasingly, we’re seeing people try to define more speech as dangerous because it may lead to political outcomes they see as unacceptable,” Zuckerberg said. “Some hold the view that since the stakes are so high, they can no longer trust their fellow citizens with the power to communicate and decide what to believe for themselves.”
Zuckerberg said that this type of censorship could do more long term damage to the country’s democratic process than the speech it intends to silence.
Did you catch the live stream or read the transcript? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Jennifer Aniston Joins (And Then Breaks) Instagram
Our Friend, Jennifer Aniston, finally joined the masses on Instagram — and it didn’t take her long to grow over 13 million followers.
In fact, after her first post resulted in an explosion of likes, photos and comments, fans were temporarily unable to follow Jen on the platform, prompting her to tell a fan, “I think I broke it.”
Who else is ready for a Friends reunion?! ✋
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