Facebook has provoked a widespread backlash after the social media platform deleted Christian content and labeled it “hate speech.”
The issue was highlighted by journalist Billy Hallowell, a former Blaze writer.
Hallowell, a Christian, exercised his religious freedom by posting on Facebook: “Jesus died so you could live.”
However, despite his post reflecting one of Christianity’s core beliefs, Hallowell’s post was deleted by Facebook and he was accused of spreading “hate speech” on the Big Tech platform.
Hallowell shared about this on Twitter, backed up by screenshots, and a comment stating that the incident was “very, very bizarre.”
I’m sorry, what?
I’ve appealed. But what in the ever-loving world? pic.twitter.com/YeJCmPacCs
— Billy Hallowell 🙏 (@BillyHallowell) May 10, 2023
While such attacks against constitutional rights can sometimes be written off as an “error” or a “technical issue,” this wasn’t the case.
Hallowell followed Facebook’s appeals process, assuming the “mistake” would be corrected.
Facebook’s moderators reviewed Hallowell’s post and doubled down,