In November 2019, I was informed by Facebook that my former blog, “Random Notes on NJ government” violated Facebook’s Community Standards.  All of my posts on that blog quote from lawsuits or other official government records and those quotes sometimes contain profane language.  Apparently, Facebook’s algorithm picked up some prohibited words in one or more of my articles and, instead of merely blocking those articles, Facebook prohibited me from sharing any articles.  Facebook did not respond at all to my appeal and also did not identify which of my hundreds of articles offended their standards.

My appeal went unanswered, so I decided to create another, similar blog titled “What’s Happening in NJ Government” so that I could continue posting and continue to share my posts on Facebook. 

Going forward, I will be careful to excise or mask any profane words so as to not violate Facebook’s Community Standards.

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project. Please send all comments to [email protected]