(BALTIMORE – I have always known that running a digital/electronic/internet-based business is highly subject to Murphy’s Law: What can go wrong, will go wrong. That still doesn’t soften the blow of getting my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/doni.glover) with 200,000 followers hijacked.
Some serenity is found in the classic Rudyard Kipling poem “If”:
“Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ‘em up
with worn-out tools.”
To say the least, it’s like that punch in the stomach you didn’t see coming. I have so many thoughts, but even more, my focus is simply on getting back to what I do and what I love. That’s it!
So, here’s my official version. This is my story, and I’m
sticking to it.
I should first start by saying that once a page reaches a certain point, hackers are inevitable. You can change your password all day and night, but these people are going to find a way inside your account. I have reported it many times.
In short, you learn to live with it or spend an inordinate amount of money hiring someone to block such lewd behavior. That gets costly. (By the way, I’m open to suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org).
On or around February 3, 2019, I get a message from Facebook saying my page was being disabled because I violated “Community Standards” with a general notice about sexually graphic/racist/violent content.
People who know me are clear that I do not post such. I’m particularly insulted by any insinuation of me being a racist. Unapologetically black? No question! But a racist? C’mon, man!
Anyway, the next thing I know my email is blocked and my cell number is blocked. This means I was kicked out of the Facebook system. Further, my personal page disappeared.
At the same time, I find that www.facebook.com/doni.glover is still operational. To boot, somebody is updating it – even still today. My admin confirmed that the person is from Kosovo.
To say the least, I reported it to Facebook. Their last and final response was a week ago. They pretty much told me to ‘kick rocks!’
Now, I can’t get mad. You know why? Because it is not mine.
I do not own it. I am not a stockholder nor is my last name Zuckerberg. And, in
case you haven’t figured it out, I’m not a billionaire.
I’ll end with this: If you’d like to see the work we started continued, then send Facebook a message about our page being hacked and how someone is yet still doing updates.
Meanwhile, the show must go. We have some really nice Black Wall Street events coming up in New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Also, The Doni Glover Show starts on MyTV in Baltimore this Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3:30 am (New station. New time.)
‘Til next time, keep the faith!