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Facebook Blocks Police Job Listing For Being A ‘Discriminatory Job’

Marlborough, NH – A run-of-the-mill job post seeking to recruit new officers landed the Marlborough Police Department (MPD) in “Facebook jail” last week, according to the department.

MPD posted a screenshot of a message from the social media platform on Dec. 30, highlighting Facebook’s inexplicable determination that the department’s police job posting violated its “Job Post Compliance” rules.

“Your recent job post violates our content policy,” Facebook declared. “It appears that your job post violates our Job Policies, which prohibit discriminatory jobs.”

The platform then suggested that the department read over the policy for clarification.

“If you’ve read the policy and believe your post complies, submit a request for our team to review it,” the message read.

The MPD appealed the alleged violation, but to no avail.

“The Facebook police have thrown the real police in Facebook jail for trying to hire the real police,” the department said in its Dec. 30 post. “Our appeal was denied in record time.”

But Facebook’s refusal to allow MPD to use its platform to recruit new hires won’t stop its efforts to fill the ranks.

“We are still accepting applications and, as the ad states, we are an equal opportunity employer,” the department said.

“Please note, however, that we can’t hire you if you’re a fifteen year old with your learner’s permit,” the agency clarified. “We also don’t hire felons or anyone who works for Facebook. #Zucked #TheLawFoughtTheZuckAndTheZuckWon”

“If this post earns us a bigger ban, we’ll see you all in 2021!” the MPD added in a Facebook comment below the screenshot post.

One Facebook commenter pointed out that by deleting the department’s job posting, the listing spread even further via police meme pages.

“Thus, Facebook helped spread the word on this police department recruitment,” he wrote. “You should be thanking the Zuck for Zucking you. LOL”

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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