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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Facebook-Facts-You-Should-Be-Aware-Of

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Facebook-Facts-You-Should-Be-Aware-OfBy CA Vikram S. Mathur, BA (Eco) Hons, FCA, DISA (ICAI), FAFP (ICAI)

Just sharing some facts that you should be aware of at all times that you intend to respond to an email from them, requesting you to make a post. Believe me, I have been at the receiving end of the stick, unknowingly and innocently posting and reposting things from my website at vsmathur.co.in and my other blog at vsmathurcoin.blogspot.com and the end result is that both of these have now been blocked, indefinitely by them and numerous appeals to the Facebook Security Team have yielded no response whatsoever. What I am greeted with, when I try to post is this type of a dialog box (Figure 1):

Figure 1 : Facebook Blocking My Post

SO WHY DOES THIS OCCUR?

Well, to be very frank, first of all, Facebook is very suspicious of the domain blogspot.com, the reason being that (a) it is free, and (b) it is used by God alone knows how many developer(s) and hacker(s) alike. So, naturally, the Facebook Security Team will not hesitate even one second to block you from posting from your blog, SHOULD SOMEONE REPORT YOU AS BEING ABUSIVE.

This means that someone has to compulsorily REPORT your post as being abusive. So, the question then arises, is when does a post become "Abusive"? There are two main aspects to be considered here. The first being how many times are you re-posting the same post, and to how many groups / pages? The second and more important factor being that someone has to report your post as being disrespectful of the Facebook Community Standards.

Consider Figure 2 below:
Figure 2 : "Create Post" invitation from Facebook Email

This figure is just indicative of where the invasive policies of Facebook begin to take effect, and the term "Abusive" kicks into effect each and every time you click the "Create Post" button above, because a tiny little piece of text file is created on your computer, called "Cookie". While I will make it crystal clear that I never had any intention of violating any of the Community Standards of Facebook, it is quite apparent that my amateurish attempts to post and repost got me into a soup of the worst kind!!

The reason that I am sharing this post with you, my dear Reader, is that YOU SHOULD NOT AND DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE(S) I MADE !!

SO WHAT IS THE WAY OUT?

There could technically be many answer(s) to that question, and I cannot possibly go into each and every one of them. Instead, I will share what I have done, so that this type of mistake SIMPLY CANNOT OCCUR! Frankly, I am officially off Facebook, come November'2019, and I do not blame Facebook in any way for my leaving, because I genuinely believe that I was never meant to be much of a Facebooking person, in the first place. Too many mistake made and too little time left for me to remain active on that esteemed forum led me to the conclusion that I should leave before I start feeling too embarrassed!! Ha, Ha, just jesting, friends!

Consider Figure 2 below:
 
Figure 3: Disable Cookies in your browser(s) to disable responding to Facebook Emails
I have disabled cookies from "www.facebook.com" and "facebook.com" in my Microsoft Edge Browser, because that is the default recommended by Microsoft in Windows 10 Professional and other windows 10 editions as well. So, by mistake, if I click the link in the email, I get what Figure 3 above depicts.

SO DOES THAT MEAN I CANNOT POST TO FACEBOOK AT ALL?

Surprisingly, the answer to the above question is "No"!! Why? Facebook allows me to use their Windows App (available from the Microsoft Store, free of cost) and the Mobile App (available on Google Play Store, free of cost) to log into their portal and make as many posts as I need and want  to make!! So, you see, all is not lost. 

Just three facts you need to know about being safe from all kinds of Invasions of your Privacy are as follows:

  1.  Do not repond to Facebook Emails, delete them on reciept.
  2.  Make your own post from the Facebook App, even if in reponse ot the email sent by the Facebook Team.
  3.  DO NOT REPOST YOUR POSTS MORE THAN 2, MAX 3 TIMES ON TIMELINE(S) OR PAGE(S) OR GROUP(S), ALL IN TOTAL!
That's all for the day, thank you for reading my post so patiently. Until the next post, I remain,

Yours very sincerely,
CA VIKRAM SHANKAR MATHUR
(aka AhmedabadFCA Forensic Accountant)
+91-9998090111 / +91-8460890111

09-Oct-2019 | 11:35 Hours IST

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