Last night we were pretty devastated to find out that the LaDIYfest ‘person’ account had been deleted by Facebook, along with its archive of photos, messages, groups, and previous and future events. The account has been replaced with a ‘community’ page which we’re still not sure how to use yet (any help would be appreciated).
This account has taken us four years to build and, although there’s something embarrassing about mourning the data stored by a capitalist virtual social network, it still feels like a pretty huge loss. At this point we don’t know what led to the deletion of the account, it may have been that we were reported (and the timing does seem to suggest that our involvement in the Ched Evans campaign could have had something to do with this) or it could just be that Facebook was keeping to its promise to delete accounts which aren’t ‘real’ names.
Either way, it’s going to take us a long time to rebuild what we once had. The promotion for our big festival on the 29th November has been seriously damaged because the Facebook event pages were deleted when Facebook de-activated our profile. We’ve since created new events but we’re not able to re-invite people who ‘like’ our community in the way that we could with our Facebook ‘friends’. Please do us a huge favour and help us to share our new event pages (and the info on our blog) and make sure the 29th November is as successful as it can be! Thank you 🙂