Carl Katter libels me.
Last night Facebook slapped another 30-day ban on my account for sharing this photo of a graffiti’d bill-board of Jason Ball, candidate for the Australian Greens in the Melbourne seat of Higgins.
I have been advised to contact Facebook’s PR agency N2N in Sydney to resolve this matter:
So I sent them an email and await their reply:
From: Michael Barnett
Date: 17 June 2016 at 10:50
Subject: Fwd: Facebook repeatedly banning my account for 30-day periods
Hi Jack,Thank you for taking my call.Below is the email I sent to your main email address.As I said on the phone, I run the Facebook group “Proud to be a Second-Class Australian“, that I started in 2009. This group has an immediate reach of over 3,000 people, all keen equality advocates, including a range of media contacts and other high-profile community members.I have documented two of my previous Facebook bans here:As you can see, there is no logic for the bans on my account given the content posted.I can be contacted on ….I hope you can assist in a prompt resolution of this unpleasant matter.Regards,Michael.
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From: Michael Barnett
Date: 17 June 2016 at 10:30
Subject: Facebook repeatedly banning my account for 30-day periods
Dear N2N,I write to you as a well-known activist in the LGBTIQ community in Australia.I have just received a 30-day ban from Facebook for sharing a photo of a bill-board of Green’s candidate Jason Ball graffiti’d with the word FAG on it. Please see attachments.I have received 2 similar 30-day bans in the last year for similar issues, ie sharing content raising awareness of hate content.I find this response from Facebook outrageous, especially as I have no recourse. It damages my mental health and causes me great personal distress.I am in constant contact with the LGBTIQ media who are very keen to understand why I am receiving these 30-day bans for sharing content that is deemed to be unacceptable, yet is simply raising awareness of attacks on LGBTIQ people.I will follow this email up with a phone-call to your office.Sincerely,Michael Barnett.
UPDATE: N2N managed to get my 30-day ban overturned and my Facebook account was restored to normal the morning of Saturday June 18.
From: Michael Barnett <email@example.com>
Date: 9 September 2012 10:09
Subject: Asking for AJAX Football Club to support AFL’s “No to Homophobia” campaign
To: Ian Fayman <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ronnie Lewis <email@example.com>, Mark Feldy <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Peter Kagan <email@example.com>, Michael Sojka <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Bernie Sheehy <email@example.com>, Darren Seidl <DSeidl@rk.com.au>, Gary Blusztein <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Gary Blieden <email@example.com>, John Rochman <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Adam Slade-Jacobson <email@example.com>
Cc: Jason Ball <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Rob Mitchell <email@example.com>
Dear AJAX Football Club,
I am writing to ask for your club to support “No to Homophobia”. Please read this story in The Age and consider distributing it, along with the associated petition, to the members of your club.
In addition, please consider issuing a statement of support from the AJAX Football Club. It would send a strong message and support your clubs aims:
Ajax will assist in the development and improvement of its members, not only by requiring and facilitating the highest standard of physical fitness and skills associated with Australian Rules Football-but also general aspects of life and community to further their careers.
AJAX shall strive to achieve the most successful onfield team performances at all levels whilst maintaining its unique Jewish identity.
I have copied Jason Ball on this email. He would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Additionally I have included Rob Mitchell, who has a close connection to the AFL and takes a keen interest in these matters.
Lastly, I’d like you to read this blog I wrote after meeting Olympian Daniel Kowaslki:
I urge you to bring this matter up with Maccabi Victoria at your earliest convenience, as it is in the best interests of the welfare of all members of AJAX FC and Maccabi Victoria.