Social (Media) Exclusion

It’s been over week now, I can’t log in to Facebook. I get the message.

You can't log in at the moment
We'll get in touch with you shortly after we've reviewed it. You'll now be logged out of Facebook as a security precaution.

Is it because I use a VPN? Is it because I am a (very small and quiet) champion of the Independent Web? Maybe it’s because I’ve made what is effectively a super private profile?

Whatever the reason, I will never find out. There is no due process, Facebook is a private company offering a public service without any need to explain themselves (just witness the UK Home Affairs Select Committee on 19 December).

I’m wanting to use Facebook as a social media outlet for my website, in the grand tradition of Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere. The problem is, public bodies like schools are starting to rely up on social media like Facebook to disseminate information, and that’s a real issue if people are a) being excluded without reason and b) being tracked if they have a Facebook account.