Facebook Wrongly Bars the Specials' Neville Staple for Link to Skinhead Culture
Contrary to what algorithms may perceive to be racist, English 2 Tone ska music — especially that of the Specials, which proved to be immensely popular with anti-fascist skinheads in the '80s — has intrinsic links to anti-racism, the artist argues.
"Caca faat! You couldn't make it up!! My wife Sugary Staple & I get banned for 24 hours — no explanation or apology. The World has gone nuts!" the artist wrote in a tweet.
"They've clearly not looked into 2 Tone," Sugary Staple said of the confusion in conversation with the BBC.
"We're the 2 Tone era, we came about when racial tensions were nuts — a bit like what we're going through now," Staple's manager, whose profile was also removed, told the BBC. "We were all about bringing black and white together."
Staple's Facebook page has since been reinstated after it was taken down on Monday (June 8). According to the BBC, the social media platform has admitted the profiles were "removed in error."
See some reactions below.
#FacebookDisabled @Facebook has disabled hundreds (probably thousands) of accounts tonight! Mine @NevilleStaple & @No1SkaMama too. Lockdown of the mind! 😉 @facebookapp @FacebookAppDev @fbnewsroom pic.twitter.com/cJ1OHZR2Vs— Sugary Staple (@SugaryStaple) June 9, 2020
Facebook have closed 100s of UK accounts with any link to skinhead culture, including Neville Staple's! They clearly know nothing about 2-Tone. If you judge people purely by their clothes & haircut isn't that a sign of bigotry? Perhaps they should shut themselves down.— Garry Bushell (@GarryBushell) June 9, 2020