I have just been admonished by Facebook and I must say it came as quite a surprise as I had thought my comment had been a fairly innocent if perhaps a little flippant but certainly not worthy of a full blown drumming down but algorithms are peculiar things.

My mistake happened when I had just finished a post on yet another protester being let off for what certainly seemed to me like a criminal act which left me wondering what on earth was happening with the modern world and the feeling that big brother is definitely watching me.

Someone had posted a photograph of an absolutely enormous black dog and was asking the question, what would you call him? Now, I have the feeling they were not asking the question to get serious answers as indeed the answer before mine was tiddles which I thought was moderately amusing and in keeping with the sort of comment requested, so rather foolishly as it turned out I posted the following with the n word in full.

N****r if I was after being controversial but as I don’t want to upset any of the modern children reading this I would call the dog Woke.

I was suddenly bombarded with the following which rather took me aback and I’m rather hoping I will not get myself in hot water again by repeating the post, although this time I have removed most of the offending letters from the word which I imagine caused the problem, of course in this day and age it might be the word woke, who knows?

Obviously algorithms can read the n word but are unable to read the rest of the sentence where I stated I would not call the dog that name as it may be considered too controversial in this day and age.

I was given the option to appeal which I did but was not offered the option to explain why, which sadly means one can not use the n word on Facebook in any concept at all, I wonder how many other words in the English language they have banned?

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N****r if I was after being controversial but as I don’t want to upset any of the modern children reading this I would call the dog Woke.

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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  1. SueW says:

    Oh Dear!
    Are you sure you weren’t testing the water to see what you could get away with?
    Don’t try it as a comment here on WP. Peter made what we thought was an innocent comment on my blog, and for the past three months every comment he makes ends up in my Spam folder!

    • I have used the n word before in a post about Guy Gibson’s dog with no problem so wasn’t expecting a backlash this time. It’s getting to the point where the wokes have taken over, eventually we won’t be able to make a joke about anything which I find rather sad.

      • SueW says:

        Free speech has been replaced with censorship. Peter’s comments were harmless jokes and in no way were they rude nor offensive.

      • Unfortunately modern people take offence at virtually everything, it’s coming to the point where you will not be allowed to tell a joke. Where five people can have an advertisement taken off when 60+ million of us have taken no offence and where people are thought to be guilty before they have been to court. This is not the world I grew up in and not one I particularly like, I dread to think what things will be like when the woke generation are actually running the world!

      • SueW says:

        Oh, my goodness what a thought!

      • The thing that worries me most is that if I’m really unlucky I will still be alive when it happens!

      • SueW says:

        Now that is a depressing thought. if you see what I mean! 🙂

    • Re the spam folder if you select his next message you can mark it as “not spam” and after that they come to your inbox. You may have done that already and I could be gaslighting or mansplaining or something like that!

  2. I have put together a parcel. It contains a very tasty fruit cake. I know you have sensitive teeth so be very careful when biting into it! Talking of fruitcakes………

  3. mistermuse says:

    Apparently, dealing with Facebook is like dealing with a(ny other) mindless bureaucracy or stone wall). I say “Apparently” because I’ve never been on Facebook….but I’ve been on WP for over 12 years without being censored, despite repeatedly skewering Trump for being a poor excuse for a human being.

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