Is Facebook Becoming the Mormon Police?

Facebook friend Aaron Shafovaloff, who writes at the excellent Mormon Coffee blog, recently had his Mormon Research Ministries Facebook account blocked for 30 days. The images above are screenshots of the warnings he received.

Note, he was replying to a Mormon explaining a Christian perspective on an aspect of salvation. As you can see, all he wrote was:

“God, I promise you nothing. Help me.” Jesus prefers that over temple vows.

That’s all it took to get him banned. There are many more offensive items on Facebook than Aaron’s statement. I’m not even sure how that is offensive and violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

Someone mention on Aaron’s wall in a comment that he is not alone in his Facebook ban over Mormonism. Someone calling himself The Obstinate Christian wrote a post titled: FB-The Selective Enforcement Squad. He explains:

I have experienced my first threat from FB. On an ex-Mormon page, I had posted a question to the Mormon apologists (who were actually trolling and not giving any credible argument) asking them, “Where in the Bible does it say Joseph is above Jesus?”

That did it – banned from Facebook!

Is Facebook becoming the Mormon police? Or is it just a bias against Christianity? What am I missing here?

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1 Julia March 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I believe FB’s standards for blocking content/users is based primarily on humans who mark the content block-worthy. It does not seem – based on reports I know of blocked users or content across the ideological spectrum – that FB has an agenda about blocking…other than over-wrought political correctness – “if it offends even one, we’ll block you.”

Perhaps FB should curate the content blocked more than their automated system does….

2 Mark March 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Facebook should be more careful though they’d probably say there are too many people to moderate. But hey, they built that monster.

3 nickvahalik March 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I’m not entirely certain that Facebook is to blame. People can “report” comments and posts and if enough people do it, it gets triggered automatically. Most likely someone is probably abusing the system — and it isn’t necessarily Facebook’s fault.

4 Mark March 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Probably so, Nick. I believe Mormon apologist Sandra Tanner had the same thing happen a few months ago. One of the problems is there does not seem to be a way to protest the complaints.

5 nickvahalik March 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

The folks over at Abolish Human Abortion have the same problem as well. People will report them and get some of their posts banned. I’m not sure how they have managed to keep so active and not get banned yet, though!


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