I just want to inform you that WordPress in ALL their wisdom suspended my blog for little over three hours immediately after I published my post : February U.S. Temperature trend/decade: – 12.7 F COOLER in 100 years (see below)
And there was NO warning, NO nothing. WordPress just suspended my blog a couple of milliseconds after I had pushed publish for my post.
This IS NOT a PROPER modus operandi for a company such as WordPress. Especially since they claim, they are ALL about free speech.
If you took this seriously, you would first warn and correspond with the person/blog in question. We all know that “certain groups” make a systematic tactic to silence people they don’t like by “reporting them as “spammers”, “abusers” etc.
This modus operandi by WordPress plays into their hands. And thereby helping to quell free speech.
Of course, I made a hell of a lot of noise to put it middle. And the reason?
This was the answer I got:
“Your site was flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice.”
And this is part of my answer to them:
“This is not acceptable, especially since it seems that these “automated anti-spam controls” are worthless. This is a danger to ANYONE publishing on your platform!
You have a great problem. AND you make a great and unnecessary problem for us serious and professional journalists.
You need to fix this “automated anti-spam controls” PRONTO. Or you will go out of business because NO ONE will trust you as a serious publishing platform.
I want an answer and a THOROUGH explanation why this could happen from the person in charge of your customer service/team leader etc.
Because this is, as I said, NOT ACCEPTABLE in any shape or form.
As a journalist, if you were a newspaper, TV or radio, I would be screaming bloody murder if this happened. It’s called political censorship.
So I hope you understand why I take this “technical issue” as serious as I do. And why you need to fix it immediately. Or you are going to be in serious problem.”
So to all bloggers out there on WordPress – watch out and react immediately if the same thing happens to you.
Yes, I can understand the need to shut down some sites that are heavy spammers, or are breaking every press rule there is etc.
But my GOD, the persons who wrote these algorithms is a threat to free speech!
And WordPress say they are about free speech. To quote from their website:
“We strongly believe in freedom of speech. WordPress.com enables anyone to freely express their ideas and opinions, without censoring or endorsing them.”
Yeah, as long as their “automated anti-spam controls” don’t kick in and stop you dead in your tracks.
So “dear” WordPress, you better fix this problem ”PRONTO” if you want to be considered a serious publishing platform. And show that you really mean your words about free speech.
UPDATE March 17:
It has now gone 5 days and WordPress in ALL their “servicemindness” didn’t “bother to reply. Well guys, that’s how you effectively destroy a brand and a reputation as a “serious” and “professional” publishing platform.
And it renders ALL your talk and statements about your protection of free speech meaningless. It’s just empty “nice” words without meaning. Since you show in practice that you don’t mean it.
If you don’t see the seriousness of this problem, well, then your problem is worse than I thought.
Maybe WordPress think that they are “too big to fail”. Well, I just want to remind you that Google, in all its might, effectively has destroyed Blogger as a serious platform. As a result, many have left that platform.
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