Christina J. Colclough
Facebook has ignored our calls for explanation and has brutally closed our Facebook page.
Tech for Good - a mission of mine. In a Lab I ran, we developed a self-tracking privacy-preserving tool for workers. It's called WeClock.
It's aimed at helping workers log and campaign on their modern conditions of work. No third party data access - no secret extractive data practices.
The data is the worker's until he or she chooses to share it with whom they want. Their union, their organiser. A campaign group.
Facebook A/B Testing
We ran the first round of Facebook A/B testing to find the name of the app: WeClock won above the other 4 suggestions we tested. The test reached people in 17 countries of all ages.
We were just about to launch our second round of testing - this time to see how we can reach our core audience. All set - ads made. We send them off to Facebook for review.
Here's a sneak peak at two of them:
And then what?
Facebook bans our page!!!
No pre-warning, no explanation other than a generic, probably bot-generated one. No chance to delete an ad, or correct it. A full and outright ban.
We reply and ask for an explanation. See our email to them and their reply back:
So now what?
It's time we kick up a fuss. WeClock is an open source, privacy-preserving tool built for workers, by workers. It's a tool to help to log, share, analyse and get the worker's stories told.
I cannot but help suspect that Facebook here is blocking us for being a worker empowering tool.