Remember the old days before a certain social media platform arrived and took over the whole world? The days when Scooterists ran their own busy online forums to socialise, have a laugh, a bit of banter and ask questions about scooters? Well I think it’s time for us to go retro and take back control of our own social media.
I’m sure many of you will have woken up this morning to see either your own, or your friend’s Facebook accounts having been deleted without warning or explanation. Reading between the lines it seems like Facebook has turned their bots and algorithms to attack mode and ousted anybody with non-mainstream views, an opinion that differs from theirs, a short haircut or any connections to Skinheads/Oi/punk/football violence etc. Strangely though, many Facebook groups for the various subcultures are still live.
Rally organisers have been chucked off, even Neville Staples from The Specials has vanished. In short, that means a large proportion of Scooterists will be affected. Not only have their profiles been closed but years of photographs and memories have also seemingly been lost. Rumours behind the reasoning include links (be it by association/friendship/viewing or commenting on) the profile picture of a skinhead couple posing next to a swastika flag.
How to save your Facebook photos
If your account is still active we suggest saving all of your photos as soon as you’ve read this, just in case you end up being binned off as well. It’s easy enough to do so don’t panic.
- Head to your Facebook profile and click ‘settings’ on the right of the screen
- Click ‘Your Facebook information’
- Click ‘Transfer a copy of your photos and videos to another service’
- You then have the option to ‘Download your information directly’ or ‘Choose destination’
- Choose the option that suits you
- The images will save to either Google photos or your computer
Profiles may well be reinstated before too long, some users have reported having to show proof of ID to Facebook before having their accounts reactivated.
Coming soon – FREE ScooterLab app, classifieds and forum
You may remember a while ago we announced we’d be launching a new ScooterLab app. The Android version of the app is currently being tested (screenshots above) and an ios version is due to be tested later this week. Once we’re happy everything works without bits dropping off we’ll send it out for you lot to play with. It means you’ll have instant notifications on your phone when we post new stories/news or products. It’ll also have a translate feature to help our non-English speaking followers. We’ve also introduced a ‘For Sale’ feature (see the tab at the top right of screen), where you can advertise your parts and scooters FOR FREE.
As of today, we’re also working on a forum to run on ScooterLab. It should be up and running in the next day or so. If you’ve been thrown off another platform and want to be able to indulge in a bit of Scooterist humour and banter, ask questions about scooter-related stuff and have a laugh with our own community this will be the place to do it.
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