Facebook v. The Lord

I dislike Facebook.  I have a page, or whatever you call it, but I don’t like it.  I don’t understand why anyone does.

In the last week or so, Facebook (*spit*) has lost some $6 Billion… with a B… of value.

They did, after all, just ban Franciscans from using the San Damiano Crucifix on their page, calling it a violation of terms of service… thus giving new meaning to “he was despised, rejected”.

From the cite of Franciscan University:

[…]

We posted yesterday a series of ads to Facebook to promote our online MA Theology and MA Catechetics and Evangelization programs.

One ad was rejected, and an administrator of our Facebook page noticed this rejection today. The reason given for the rejection?

“Your image, video thumbnail or video can’t contain shocking, sensational, or excessively violent content.”

Here is a screen capture of the notification (click for larger view):

Ad rejection notification

Our ad was rejected because it contained:

  • shocking content
  • sensational content
  • excessively violent content

What was the offending image?

Rejected Ad[…]

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14 Responses to Facebook v. The Lord

  1. yatzer says:

    What? Facebook says THAT is shocking?

  2. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    I haven’t signed into Facebook in over 5 years. I should just formally close the account.

  3. Benedict Joseph says:

    If this isn’t the wake-up call what will it be?

  4. jbettin says:

    I just changed my profile picture to the San Damiano crucifix.

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    So the cyberfolk at Facebook, ahem, recoil from the Crucifix? That’s not a good sign…

    Those Facebook people must have a conniption fit when The Ten Commandments is aired every Easter. Cecil B. DeMille and Charleston Heston brooked no lib foolishness. Nay, in this movie: God is in Heaven and on His Mountain. Men were Men and Women were Women. The sandals were not Birkenstock. Jethro’s tent was no safe space for snowflakes (and not because of the above-average temperatures in Midian…ba-dum ching). Pharaoh and his pagan gods were duly chastised. Every meal began with manhandling a loaf of pita bread and ripping it in half.

    Perhaps, after Fr. Z gets Michael Sean Winters squared away, the next project here could be a return to robes as daily attire for all, and a stout staff as EveryDay Carry. A modern-day Joshua would be found and placed in charge of the Boy Scouts, with new merit badges for Wielding a Mallet, Flexing Biceps, and Outlandish Manliness. Deo Volente!

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  6. hwriggles4 says:

    I must be 40 because I still wear a watch and I don’t have Facebook.

  7. Charles E Flynn says:

    @jbettin: May you be the first of thousands to make that change.

    As I have posted several times at the Daily Mail, Facebook keeps making mistakes that Jesse Eisenberg would not make. Most people get the reference.

  8. Malta says:

    I Facebook to spy on my kids. But as a former counterintelligence FBI agent I’m acutely aware of what they’re doing. Of course they make their money by data mining. Just to spite them I make “friends” with Facebook employees, Israelis, Egyptians, Palestinians, etc. And I tell truthfully who I was on my page. It’s all a funny gag to me! I can’t believe these people “friend” me!

  9. Malta says:

    And I know they’re watching me, but touche -I’m watching them!

  10. Matthew says:

    How serendipitous, I’ve just rolled back my work duties and I’ve now got the free time to get a 3rd Masters. Catechetics would be great, it would help me explain my faith to others. I’ve emailed for info.

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  12. seattle_cdn says:

    Hi. The ban has been lifted. The “algorithm” detected a false positive for graphically violent imagery but this has been overriden upon a human reviewing it and having seem this post. Speaking out makes a difference.

  13. Semper Gumby says:

    Thanks Fr. Z.

  14. pineconejill says:

    I’m glad its been resolved, but I think the ban was awesome; it reminds us that the crucifix is not just a “symbol”, it is an image of our God, naked, savaged and spiked to a cross. Is being told by a robot that it is “shocking” such a bad thing?
    I love my scandalous faith.