I am prompted to write that, despite an absence of new posts, I am as well as I can be. I have no health problems beyond multiple sclerosis.
Messages have reached me, asking if everything is ok, such as this one:
Hi, it’s (name removed for privacy). Facebook has not had any of your current writings, so I want you to know you are in my prayers.
The absence of my posts was not caused by any personal reasons but was enforced by Facebook itself. I use it to send my posts to groups of which I am a member but, three times in as many weeks, I have been interrupted by a message saying: “You are restricted from joining and posting to groups that you do not manage until (date and time).”
No reason is ever given and the powers that be won’t discuss it with you. You can click on ‘Appeal’ but experience tells me not to bother. Why? Because, if you do, no reply is ever received and the restriction, effectively a ban, is just made longer. The fact is simple, Facebook has the ability to do what it likes and we, its users, have no rights to protest or even ask questions. [I feel another ‘restriction’ will be coming for expressing this truth].
Back until banned again
I explained the situation to everyone who contacted me and this was one response I received via Messenger:
That’s awful. I’m technology challenged, but I knew something was wrong. Thanks for letting me know.
I wish you could sue Facebook for discrimination.
God bless you and your family. Stay strong. Thank you for all your hard work.
Right now, I am back and will continue to bring you news and views – until Facebook decides to ban me again.
Whether you have MS or another health problem, if you have a disability, 50shadesofsun.com is here for you. And, there is no greater support you can give than to share my posts far and wide via every social media.
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50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks, a freelance medical writer and editor for various health information sites. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.
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Note: Health-related information available on 50shadesofsun website is for your general knowledge only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. I am not a doctor, so cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues. Also, consult a doctor before starting a new diet or exercise programme. Any opinions expressed are purely my own unless otherwise stated.