So on-line Heathens and Asatruars have recently found themselves defending Othala as a symbol of hate groups. Let’s make something clear…I am not going to talk about the Othala controversy.
Because there is none. It’s made up. Oh sure, Facebook banned some account for a few hours based on the fact that their administration is run by gerbils, but their actions didn’t create a controversy. Or, rather, they created one that no one seems to be focusing on. The contravesy is not whether the Futhark rune of Othala is or is not a racist symbol. No one is seriously or credibly suggesting that it is. Not the racists. Not the folkish. Not the Rokkatru. Not, for the record, the butchers, the bakers, or the candlestick makers. No one is saying this.
Except Facebook. A complaint was issued (for some reason), and Facebook decided it was a problem because such was the will of their Cephaloid masters. That decision has a life expectancy of roughly seven seconds in terms of precedent, and you rest assured it was made without research or fact checking. People are acting like Othala is on trial when no one is honestly blaming it for a damn thing. On the other side of the coin, few seem to be focusing their attention to the fact that the book that Zuckerberg built has no idea what it is doing and is essentially taking care of things completely at random.
Serriously; no one credible is actually saying that it’s a hate symbol, and this represents the one issue that racists and non-racists have agreed upon in years. We’re taking away from the actual problem, which is that Facebook has no consistent standards on what it deems as acceptable content. I’ve seen groups that advocate murder based on a person’s religion get a pass, while statements mocking racists are considered bigoted and is willing to ban religious symbols at the drop of a hat. No oversight. No accountability. They will just do it, and we let them.
If you’re angry, stop posting pictures on the very service that is causing the problem; all you are doing is giving them web traffic, which turns into advertising dollars. If you actually want to do something meaningful, than create a Google Plus account, move all your pictures there, and delete your Facebook after sending in a ticket on the issue. I am dead serious. Facebook won’t change anything until there is a finial incentive to do so.
Facebook makes money on you; that’s why it’s free. It makes money on you via advertising, research based on your demographics, and by having continual access to your every waking thought. It doesn’t create consistent standards on acceptable content because it doesn’t have to; no one is pushing the issue. When it messes up, we end up blaming each other and giving it free advertising bucks in the process. So if you have an issue with the Othala issue? Don’t blame Heathens Against Hate, the American Asatru Association, Women of Asatru, the Racists, or any other group of people of Facebook. Don’t blame this side or that, and don’t bring up talking point.
Blame Facebook. Hold them responsible. They created this problem, and it’s high time they answered for it.