Author’s note: Information on the photos has been partially redacted for this article. It did not originally appear that way.
I recently conducted a social media experiment. Can individuals who post similar public information on Facebook both comply with the social media giant’s so-called “standards?” Some can more than others.
“Drew Jones” (a.k.a. “Desmond Vonsmittened”) is a phony profile on Facebook. The person or persons behind it posted the home address, birthdate, and age of Marge McDonnell on Aug. 9, 2015. The post disappeared shortly thereafter and then reappeared in November and December 2015.
Ms. McDonnell has openly criticized Glen Cove United (GCU), formerly known as Team Gallo, and second-term Glen Cove City Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti. As a result, the Jones account posts, hides, and reappears her personal information when she gets a little too critical for someone’s tastes. I tested the Jones standard of using public information by posting comments and photos on Facebook earlier this week:
Is this a mistake? Daniela Crocchiola is an “active” voter of Bayside, Queens and Glen Cove, Nassau County per the NYS Voter Public Information website.
Facebook’s moderators removed it. Why Facebook allows the Jones post and not mine is anyone’s guess.
Daniela Crocchiola, who was a “Friends of Tony Gallo” donor, commented on the Jones profile. She has seen the material about Ms. McDonnell and wrote: “Drew Jones–are you scared????? Ha Ha Ha.. Mr. Bruschini-why don’t you elaborate here. How will you show Drew how tough you are?”
The reader can speculate who is really behind the Drew Jones account. The mysterious account was an administrator of the “Glen Cove News” (now known as “Glen Cove Beacon”) Facebook group.
He or she is an ostensible GCU supporter. If you want to know his or her actual identity, good luck. As lawyer Keith Lee discussed on his website “Associatesmind.com,” the “courts are all over the place” when it comes to enforcing a civil subpoena to Facebook or other social media websites. Unless the Jones account commits a crime, it will continue to attack critics of GCU or its party’s elected officials with impunity (all within Facebook’s “Community Standards” of course).
Double standard is the new standard.