Facebook Briefly Bans Trailer for New Christian Movie

By:  Dave Bohon
07/23/2013
       
Facebook Briefly Bans Trailer for New Christian Movie

Facebook censors briefly banned the trailer for Kirk Cameron's new Christian movie Unstoppable, calling the content "abusive" and "unsafe."

Facebook appears to be back to its intrusive censorship tactics. Hollywood actor and evangelical ministry leader Kirk Cameron accused the social media giant of blocking him from using his Facebook page to promote his new movie, Unstoppable, saying that Facebook censors called the trailer and promotion of the movie “abusive,” “unsafe,” and “spammy.”

Fox News reported that on July 19, Facebook not only blocked links to the movie trailer, but also prevented other Facebook users from mentioning the movie website. “We have been officially shut down by Facebook and unable to get any response from them,” Cameron wrote on his personal Facebook fan page. Cameron wrote that he couldn't even type the link to the movie's website in a post on his site, because the Facebook police “would block this post too!”

Cameron explained that he produced the film, which was made in partnership with Liberty University, to help answer questions people have about suffering. “This is my most personal film about faith, hope, and love and about why God allows bad things to happen to good people,” Cameron wrote. “What is ‘abusive’ or ‘unsafe’ about that?” he wondered, referring to Facebook's stated reasons for blocking content about the movie.

“I would understand if there was something truly unsafe about my stuff,” Cameron told Fox. “But I would encourage people to watch the trailer. Do you find anything offensive about faith, hope, and love in the time of a tragedy?”

Fox News noted that over the past several months Facebook “has come under fire from conservatives and Christians who said their pages have been either blocked or banned because of 'abusive' content. Earlier this year, the 'Chicks on the Right' Facebook page was shut down after they posted a message criticizing the White House. Facebook later apologized for that incident.”

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