Facebook is still at its attempt to hamper conservative and Christian content, this time banning a Christian pastor from placing an ad urging people to “love god” and preventing readers from posting Christian articles.
We get two separate stories from Fox News’ Todd Starnes showing how Facebook is cracking down on inoffensive Christian content and essentially trying to crowd out anything right of center from appearing on its platform.
In one story we see Starnes reporting that one of his readers had alerted him to the fact that Facebook removed a Christian article he tried to post to the service.
Still, I can’t help but be frustrated when I hear that the faceless overlords at Facebook are intentionally targeting gun-toting, Bible-clinging Deplorables.
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The other day I received a message from a reader who was banned from sharing a column I had written for Fox News. The column was about California Democrats cracking down on churches and Christian counselors.
“We removed this post because it looks like spam to us,” a Facebook censorship goon wrote.
The reader challenged the decision and eventually they reposted the column.
This is not just speculation or hearsay, I have to report.
I, myself, experienced this very form of censorship. Last week every post I made to Facebook that linked back to EagleRising.com and Breitbart.com were all summarily deleted and messages left for me that all the posts were “suspected spam” that “violated” Facebook’s rules against hate speech, violence, and attacks.
So, Starnes’ report is not just blowing smoke. I witnessed this very thing on Facebook, too.
Starnes had a second story that also showed Facebook’s effort to squelch Christian content. The second story was of a Christian pastor whose add was canceled by the social media giant.
The latest victim is Steve Solomon – a radio host, pastor and Army veteran from Knoxville, Tennessee. Pastor Solomon wanted to purchase Facebook ads to promote his radio program.
“Speak the truth, Love God, Defend America,” — that’s was the pastor’s message.
But Facebook rejected the advertisement claiming it was political.
“The text and/or imagery you’re using is related to politics or an issue of national importance, based on the definition we’re using for enforcement,” a Facebook representative told him in a written response. “However, your page is not authorized to run these types of ads.”
He was then told he had to obtain authorization from Facebook before you could post any advertisements that encouraged people to love God.
“Once you’re authorized to run these ads, choose the option to run this ad with the disclaimer you create in the Authorizations process,” the Facebook representative told him.
Pastor Solomon reached out to my team at the Todd Starnes Radio Show when he could not convince Facebook to reverse its decision.
“Nothing about the ad is political,” Pastor Solomon. “If anything, it’s heavily spiritual and moral.”
That’s a good point — but as we’ve discovered nothing triggers a social media censor faster than advertisements promoting God and Country. The millennial tech geeks are easily triggered.
Starnes went on to note that pastor Solomon is a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, so it isn’t like he is some lunatic.
Anyway, it just shows how Big Tech is working to eliminate free speech for conservatives and Christians and all just in time for the Democrats to win elections in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
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