Friday, February 22, 2013
"Autistic People Should... Die," Facebook Suggests
Facebook "kindly" completed this phrase for me before I could even finish typing the word "should." They'll be hearing from me, but word on the street is that FB employees spend less than one second on each complaint so I don't have high hopes. Facebook has become the social media platform that I use the most in order to: connect with people I know, connect with people from the past, do some of my indexing business work, do some of my musical work, keep connected with people when I am stuck at home working on an indexing deadline, disseminate blog posts, announcements of upcoming events, make plans with friends, find new playdates for my child.
And now Facebook (or their autocomplete feature) suggests that I should DIE? Really? I feel a great deal of unease about the powers-that-be in the Facebook corporation. I won't be leaving Facebook because there are wonderful people that I write to every day. It's just shocking that it came up THAT fast when I was typing to see what I'd get. Well, I got it. I "asked for it," right?
We Autistics and our allies have a LOT of work to do in this world.
Fortunately, we are on it.
An "Autistic people should" site, and a flash blog is happening. Go here for updates throughout the day and bookmark it for positive posts about what Autistic people "should" do instead of these negative search results.