This is Tay Zonday. You may recognise him for his music career he launched on the back of his successful YouTube videos, namely Chocolate Rain. Yesterday, he got banned from Facebook. And this has conspiracy written all over it.
This is the e-mail that Tay received and posted to his Twitter account yesterday, along with a long list of complaints about how heavy-handed, draconian, and downright wrong it is that he got banned.
“4. Registration and Account Security
Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:
1. You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
Perhaps the fact that his real name (at least according to Wikipedia) is Adam Bahner, and Tay Zonday is a stage name, was his eventual downfall. But that’s not the point. The point here is, is that Facebook have already deemed him guilty and the reasoning for the ban, as well as any appeals for it to be lifted, will be guaranteed to fall on deaf ears. That Facebook’s security won’t even sit down, open up a dialog with him and explain what exactly he did wrong, is irksome. I know if I got the boot for something I didn’t know I done, but was accused of doing, and hadn’t even a chance to explain my actions, I’d be rather annoyed too, to put it in more generous terms.
The e-mail suggests that it’s because he tried to add people as friends that he didn’t know. Now this is a problem. How does Facebook know whether he knows them or not? Is this really a new super Internet Big Brother state? Is 1984 in effect now? I don’t know, but if it is I want out. Screw using it to advertise the blog, I want out (which I heard voluntarily deleting your account is hard enough as it is with all the hoops you’re made to jump through, as well as the guilt-tripping).
Maybe they should look at their own core of social network gamers they have. Look at all the group pages and fan pages where you can add any number of strangers as friends just to boost your game’s numbers. How’s about shutting them down for breaking 4:1 as well? No, because they know one person is smaller than having a large scale riot of MILLIONS of FarmVille players and Mafia Wars players if they shut the plant down on item trading groups, not to mention losing money from investors banking on the success of the apps and games on-site by removing a large portion of the (probably paying) audience.
But I cannot see why they’d shut down a guy’s personal profile just because he’s using it to promote his YouTube videos. Will they shut me down for promoting my blogs now on my personal page too? Or do you have to “like” James Henderson before he is allowed to do anything on Facebook that constitutes advertising?