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Kirk Cameron Claims Facebook Blocked Him [UPDATED]

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Kirk Cameron Claims Facebook Blocked Him [UPDATED]
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Kirk Cameron, the 42-year-old former TV star turned self-styled evangelist, is raising a fuss in social media, saying that Facebook blocked him. More specifically, Cameron is promoting his latest Christian film, called Unstoppable. His first statement, posted to his Facebook page, was a call to supporters.

Calling all friends of Faith, Family, and Freedom! Facebook has officially “blocked” me and you (and everyone else) from posting any link to my new movie at UnstoppableTheMovieDOTcom, labeling the content as “abusive”, “unsafe”, and “spammy”! I can’t even write the real link here, or Facebook would block this post too!! Try to post it yourself and see! We have been officially shut down by Facebook and unable to get any response from them. This is my most personal film about faith, hope, and love, and about why God allows bad things to happen to good people. What is “abusive” or “unsafe” about that?! Please help us encourage Facebook to unblock our website soon by sharing this post with your friends so more people can see this transparent, faith-building project.

It turns out that a lot of people were simply sick of Kirk Cameron, didn’t want to see his stuff promoted on Facebook, and so had elected to hide it from their feeds. When you hide something, Facebook asks for a reason, giving you the choices of: uninteresting; misleading; sexually explicit; against my views; offensive; repetitive; and other. Once a critical mass of people who wanted the ad gone from their feeds had been reached, Facebook automatically filtered further posts.

Cameron’s supporters saw this as a violation of his First Amendment rights. Over 300,000 people shared that status. Some just rambled about whatever they were up in arms about at the moment.

“Mark of the beast is happening today… New healthcare reform will require us to implant a chip in our body… Some have already done so!”

Since then, Facebook has individually reviewed and unblocked the content, as they will always do when the blocking is challenged. Cameron, of course, took this as a victory for his cause.

Victory!! Friends, you did it! People tried to stop “Unstoppable” on Facebook, and because millions of us joined together as one voice, Facebook has apologized and and welcomed us back!

He concluded with:

Buy your tickets today.

UPDATE: Facebook has issued a statement, saying that the link was blocked after it was misidentified as a possible spam site:

“To protect the hundreds of millions of people who connect and share on Facebook every day, we have automated systems that work in the background to maintain a trusted environment and protect our users from bad actors who often use links to spread spam and malware. These systems are so effective that most people who use Facebook will never encounter spam. They’re not perfect, though, and in rare instances they make mistakes. This link was blocked for a very short period of time after being misidentified as a potential spam or malware site. We learn from rare cases such as these to make our systems even better,” says a Facebook spokesperson.

Kirk Cameron Claims Facebook Blocked Him [UPDATED]
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  • Jimmy

    The writer of this article is bigot and a joke.

    • Donald

      Jimmy why is this writer a bigot and a joke? It seems to me that if what the writer said was true about Facebook blocking CK’s movie I wonder why Jimmy feels this way. Facebook never blocks any story’s about gay marriage, why would Facebook say that so many people are tired of seeing KC’s stuff? There are millions that love his movies and ministry.

    • Kal

      I agree and don’t see any proof of facts, just assumptions. I’m sure there were just as many complaints as there were likes, as with ANY celebrity.

    • Kal-El

      I don’t think you understand what bigot means. If you read the above article, you’ll find that no one was wronged by anyone but their own followers and fans, many of whom had had enough.

      • Steve

        Read it again. The writer can’t help but vent his opinion as to why it was blocked.Is he clairvoyant?

        • Kal-El

          It’s not an opinion. It’s why it was blocked.

    • Steve

      What a biased article this is. Doesn’t anyone know how to write in a fair open minded journalistic way? And he probably calls Christians the intolerant ones.

      • Tasha Lynn

        Funny Steve, speaking from experience after being told I needed to leave the church I gave years of my adult life to, just because of a difference of views that had nothing to do with anything that impacts one’s salvation, it has been made painfully aware to me that Christians (including me at one point) are indeed the intolerant ones. Look at yourself and those around you in the mirror and ask yourself if you are truly “Christ-Like”… Are you out there in the trenches, rubbing shoulders with society’s undesirables? Loving them unconditionally? Telling them that you accept them no matter what? Based on the sarcasm in your response, I know you are not. It’s what Christ did, why not you?

        • Jess

          Tasha, that’s horrible and I’m sorry that happened to you, but you cannot generalize what your church did to include all Christians. You have the real Christians, and you have the ones who go about it all wrong. In my church, I know for a fact that we don’t excommunicate. I would strongly encourage you to start building back your faith and find a new church.

    • Michael Hawk

      For stating facts? Why is it that the rightwingnuts and fundamentalist Christians always think that stating something that is evidently factual by anyone with half a brain shows bias against them? You make a mockery of the faith you purport to follow. [BTW, I'm a Christian minister.]

  • Kal-El

    I enjoy the tone of casual disdain this article is written in. I share it.

  • Sandy

    This was all just B.S. to get free publicity for his film.

    • Bill

      Sandy I agree why would facebook and youtube block him from promoting his movie at the same time. He is just getting free advertisement for his movie through his fans and followers.My question is why didn’t facebook and youtube block all other christian profiles why just Kirk Cameron.Why not others like Roma and Mark who produce the Bible series.

      • Faith

        Actually they do. Just because you do not hear about it does not mean it does not exist. You are being very judgmental and Kirk has been doing movies like this for a while. It was only after he publicly spoke out against marriage is when he became public enemy #1.

  • cwebb

    Not taking sides here…not nearly enough information (our interest, frankly). However, here is my one comment. “Cameron’s supporters saw this as a violation of his First Amendment rights.” People, please educate yourselves a modicum. The 1st Amendment guarantees free speech protection the GOVERNMENT. Facebook is not the government and can limit any speech it so chooses. Look it up! “Congress shall make no law… abridging free speech.” The marketplace will respond, judge, punish, reward their actions, not the feds. Vote with your feet…or mouse as the case may be, but leave big brother out of it “He” already thinks way too much of “himself.”

  • Captain Morgan

    Looks like anybody can be a writer these days. I have read a grand total of one article by this Tuttle guy and I’m already sick and tired of his stuff. Bend and flush.

    • Wow

      You mad? Sad thing is if Mike’s article would’ve taken KC’s side, you’d probably be saying how great of a writer he was. Predictable reaction from someone who doesn’t get their way on the web.

  • Marc Wells

    Kirk, I have tried to contact you on so many occassions to no avail, I too am doing a faith based movie called “Courage of Two” on facebook, and they pull the same stuff on me as well, you are not an exclusive member to facebook’s hatred.

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