In yet another turn of how Facebook makes stupid mandatory dictatorial decisions, they’ve shut down the Facebook account of internet celebrity Carol Zara, the owner of the blog Digitally Blonde. According to Zara’s twitter account, the reason the idiots at Facebook have given for the ban is that she “regularly contacts strangers.”
The reason she regularly contacts strangers? It’s because she’s using social media to be social – those strangers are people who have followed/friended or liked her updates and posts, she regularly talks to her fans, replying to each friend request a fan would send her way; I can’t think of a dumber reason to ban anyone from a social media web site than that.
Most of her fans, including me and Zara herself, initially thought the ban stemmed from some racy, but censored, pictures she put up of her posing sans clothing with naught but an octopus to cover her naughty bits (I like octopus).
“You will no longer be able to use Facebook. This decision is final and cannot be appealed.”
is Facebook’s final comment, WTF! This is so idiotic.
Carol Zara or anyone else can contact me socially in fact they can contact me regularly. If you feel the same way, join the #FreeZara campaign on Twitter and tell any news outlets you know of Facebook deciding that celebs shouldn’t talk to their fans.
UPDATE: Zara said she had contacted the people that friend requested her to her fan page instead because she’d transferred her activities there.
Thanks to Beren Jones for writing the original blog (adapted here).