Police Service of Northern Ireland get sent to Facebook jail.

Police Service of Northern Ireland get sent to Facebook jail.

By Akash Hashmi and Chris Bovey

The Police Service of Northern Ireland received a Facebook ban from the tech social media giant for sharing a photo drugs they had seized.

Many of you will have probably been sent to Facebook prison, often for no good reason at all, with an appeal button that usually does nothing. I certainly have, so much so that I have to be careful what I write on Facebook, in case I get reported by some petty cunt that has nothing better to do, in order to prevent not being able to use Facebook’s features for 30 days.

Something as simple as sharing a meme is enough for the Zucc to pull out and strike with his banhammer, so long as the “offensive” materials can be applied to the one-size-fits-all community standards that Facebook currently enforce.

The offending image Facebook deemed was in breach of their sacred Community Standards featured a bag of pills with £40 worth of Northern Irish banknotes. It came with the caption:“Anyone missing this wallet and er…?! £40 inside it, so call on into Lurgan and speak to Wee J, tell her where you lost it, and we’ll see about getting it all back to you. #TotesLegit #NotATrap #ButOfficerTheyreJustSmarties.”

According to Facebook, the post breached its Community Standards by contravening its rules on guns, drugs and other regulated goods.

The force announced the ban on their Twitter account, tweeting “All of our district Facebook pages are experiencing a temporary lock out currently. We’re working on a resolution, but in the meantime expect an uplift in Twitter activity!”

This comes after a surge in the use of threatening scare tactics by police forces across the UK disparaging cannabis possession and cultivation. These seizures almost always look like half a gram of oregano, accompanied with hundreds of comments calling the police out for grossly wasting taxpayer resources on something that most of the general public don’t want.

Seeing how the image and accompanied text that PSNI uploaded was deemed as a breach of the community standards at the time, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more takedowns across the board with regards to boastful ‘drug busts’ from the police.

This marks a post takedown that we can get behind, as we’re seeing Facebook hold the police to account and sending them straight to Facebook prison for threatening the public more than the current Tory government.

Reporting posts of cannabis busts might not be the best idea, however, as the public’s comments on these posts taking the piss out of the inflated “street value” of what they show, and their actions towards cannabis users are too gold to miss out on.

The community standards state that in regards to guns, drugs and other regulated goods that posts cannot promote the sale or trade of non-medical drugs, pharmaceutical drugs and cannabis.

Facebook did eventually change its stance on the image, mentioning that the picture didn’t breach their community standards after an appeal, giving page access back to the Northern Irish Police Service.


Photo of Akash Hashmi, journalist.

Akash Hashmi is a Journalism MA student from Sheffield with an undergraduate in Forensic Science. You can follow him on Twitter: @Akashmash.


Chris Bovey, writer and musician.

Chris Bovey is a businessman, writer, artist, musician and practical joker. He lives in Devon with his partner, two children and cat. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter @_dr_dremp.

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