Facebook Appears to Delete Photos and Pages Related to Gay Men Kissing

If this photo upsets you or offends you, then kiss my ass.  Facebook appears to have deleted a page set up to organize a protest over two gay men who were thrown out of a British pub for kissing at their table.  (Update: It turns out that the protest organizer made the page private.  But it still looks as though Facebook removed some other posts and pics related to this issue.)  Over the course of my life I have observed many men and women kissing in restaurants, bars, taxis, airplanes, streets, theaters, Ferris wheels, boats, beaches and on television.  It’s a simple act of affection that is practiced by all cultures worldwide.

If a man and a woman feel something for one another, they kiss.  If two men feel something for one another, they kiss.  If two women feel something for one another, they kiss.

Facebook doesn’t seem to see it that way.  They appear to consider it offensive.  Objectionable.  Perverse.

This is what’s wrong behind the scenes with corporate control of major communications tools.  You get some unevolved, intellectually limited, vapid, sexually repressed jackasses running the show and suddenly no one is really allowed to communicate freely anymore.  This is a sure indicator that we need to move off of services like Facebook and into fully open-source social networking tools.

Mark Zuckerberg may be one of these mental midgets (Don’t be fooled by the movie.  It doesn’t take much to code Facebook really.  It’s just MySpace with a white background.) with problems in the sexual arena.  Those dull watery eyes might be a dead giveaway.  At any rate, he presides over a company that is apparently banning photos of men kissing while fully clothed.

Candlelight Stories supports the rights of all gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual persons.  Those rights include the right to kiss and the right to marry and the right to carry on in any way they see fit.

It does not escape me that some of Candlelight’s slower readers will find this post surprising and perhaps offensive.  To those readers I say, get the hell out of here, take your kids with you and don’t let the door hit your expanding ass on the way out.  I don’t publish for you.  Never have.  Never will.  I consider you monkey people.  Unattractive, limp, unschooled, unappealing and quite frankly disgusting.  If you were to read another word of my writing, I think I would vomit.

For those others of you who understand that we all have the same right to kiss, go onto Facebook and share this photo.

Tomb of the Mummy Puzzle is a Facebook App

I’ve turned the original Tomb of the Mummy puzzle game into a Facebook app.  So if you spend most of your time over there you can give it a try.

It’s really pretty difficult and has resulting in tons of nasty emails for me.  One guy worked on the puzzle for three weeks and left it on his monitor when his girlfriend came over.  She apparently sat down and solved it in thirty seconds.  The guy was furious and really let me know about it!


Here’s the link to the Tomb of the Mummy on Facebook.

Delete Your Facebook Account

See the insipid goober just to the left.  That’s Mark Zuckerberg.  He runs Facebook, the site that gathers tons of your personal and public information to form what he hopes will be an all-pervasive social network.  Being young is no excuse for this guy.  A young a-hole grows into an old a-hole very quickly.  This is what the Web’s leading a-hole said recently:

And then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way and all these different services that have people sharing all this information. People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.

We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and be updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are.

A lot of companies would be trapped by the conventions and their legacies of what they’ve built, doing a privacy change – doing a privacy change for 350 million users is not the kind of thing that a lot of companies would do. But we viewed that as a really important thing, to always keep a beginner’s mind and what would we do if we were starting the company now and we decided that these would be the social norms now and we just went for it.

Do you learn to talk like a corporate dick by accident or is it something they teach in business school?

In other words: Facebook thinks making your information public is the new default norm.  Private information is a thing of the past.  They’ve basically just taken away users’ ability to keep their information private.  Public is Facebook’s new ‘norm.’

So let’s show this pre-pubescent nincompoop that we like our privacy.  Delete your Facebook account.  I did.  Start a blog.  It’s much more fun than struggling through a crappy interface just to tell people about your latest haircut.

Some students at New York University have funding and are working on a new open-source social network with freely distributed code.  You know, like the Firefox browser.  Their service is called Diaspora.  That’s the best idea I’ve heard about in years.  Open source social networking… with privacy.

Here’s the WikiHow article on how to permanently delete your Facebook account.

Here’s an update: The students working on Diaspora have raised over $115,000 via online donations.  This is a great start for their development project and means they don’t have to answer to a corporate investor.

Another open-source effort at social networking is OneSocialWeb which actually has working open-source code.  Their software works sort of like the open-source blogging software, WordPress.  You can install your own version of it on a web server if you want.

Here’s an excellent Wired article on the up and coming alternatives to Facebook.