As we mentioned in passing on Friday, we’ve been mysteriously banned from Facebook, the popular social networking website. Our account was disabled without notice or explanation. We have not been informed of the allegations against us that led to the suspension of our account, nor have we been given the opportunity to confront our accusers.
To be sure, the Bill of Rights does not apply to Facebook. But being kicked off the FB still makes us sad. We’re going through their appellate process now, but they’re taking their sweet time in disposing of our appeal.
Professor Dan Solove has some interesting thoughts on Facebook and due process over here. Also, if you use Facebook, you might want to check out this interesting post, which lists some reasons people get banished from Facebook. Some of the rules are so vague that you could end up violating them without even knowing it.
Update (1:25 PM): Yay!!! We’ve been reinstated. More details, after the jump.
Further Update (3/5/08): We wrote more about our Facebook expulsion for the New York Observer.
Here’s the message we just received from Facebook. It appears that some of you were correct in your suspicions as to why we got banned. It came as a bit of a surprise to us, though, since the conduct in question took place several weeks ago (which is why we had forgotten engaging in it).
Your account has been reactivated, but we ask that you remove these reproduced sections and refrain from doing this again in the future. Please let me know if you have additional questions or concerns. Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.