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Popular ‘God’ Facebook Page Banned for Post About US Spending Too Much on War

Facebook’s notorious censorship — which has included takedowns of iconic images like the Vietnam War’s ‘Napalm Girl’ to the arrest of Rosa Parks to a photograph of a classical statue of Venus — reached a whole other level of absurd recently, when the platform suspended God’s account.

God, a religious satire profile, had the nerve to write a post critical of spending priorities of the bellicose United States, stating:

“Dear Americans:

Stop making your military so damn huge and give people medicine and education because you’re sick and stupid.

Thanks,

God.”

God

Apparently, according to writer Dan Arel, Americans were none-too happy with the critique — the post received such a massive, vitriolic response, algorithms automatically banned God for 30 days.

“FB banned Me for 30 days for having an opinion on military spending,” he attempted to explain to followers in a post.

God

But the “The Good Lord Above” had already lost posting privileges — everywhere on Facebook.

Although the account frequently draws the ire of Facebook users who either view the profile as blasphemous to their religion or disparaging of their country — God often criticizes American imperialism — the suspension over what amounts to an uncomfortable truth speaks to increasingly oppressive censorship.

“I posted this opinion on the day it was announced that Obamacare will be defunded and 24 million people will lose their healthcare,” said the verified account holder, who wished only to be known as ‘God.’ “The opinion goes viral, gaining over 100,000 likes and 15,000 shares. A few hundred people disagree with the opinion. Rather than move on, or even use the ‘angry’ reaction face, what do they do? They report the opinion as being offensive.”

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Facebook’s attempts to pacify the perpetually-offended under the pretense of combating hate speech have, indeed, spawned the contempt of free speech advocates as a perilous foray into censorship of dissenting or unpleasant opinion.

Noticeably laden with irony, the suspension of God’s profile over a simple criticism evinces a factious pattern by the social media behemoth of censoring anything deemed ‘offensive’ by a minority of users.

Although the account tends toward the satirical, God has been known to cast aspersions against political policies he feels untenable to the poor and underprivileged — perhaps exactly as would be expected from a religious ‘being.’

“This is not the first 30-day ban I’ve ever gotten so unjustly,” God noted, adding he finds fault with President-elect Donald Trump’s intention to defund Obamacare. “Obviously, it’s a machine algorithm. Obviously, my opinions are not for everyone. But I have just as much a right to speak My Mind as Orange Hitler does.”

That, of course, speaks to the politically-charged atmosphere currently gripping America and further widening what already appears to be an insurmountable cleft between supporters of the incoming administration and, well, various factions opposed.

“The same people who love that Trump speaks his mind on Twitter are the same people who freaked out about the Tweet I posted and reported it as offensive,” God keenly observed.

Unfortunately, those most vociferously in disagreement have used Facebook’s growing number of report options to censor their opposition — but that isn’t the only issue. Obtuse algorithms — what God suspects responsible for his ban — have automatically removed posts not at all in violation of the platform’s Terms of Service or Community Standards.

Facebook’s algorithms have even banned the Conservative prime minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, who posted the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut of naked Kim Phuc running from a napalm attack on a Buddhist monastery during the Vietnam War — an image widely credited with fomenting opposition to American involvement in the conflict.

Facebook has also removed the iconic image of Rosa Parks being fingerprinted after being arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus during the Civil Rights movement.

More recently, the platform’s ignominious algorithms censored a photograph of the 16th-century statue of Neptune in the Italian city of Bologna’s Piazza del Nettuno.

However, the removal of those images and bans of those who dared post the photographs — performed variously by algorithms and human content curators — denote a slightly different issue than that faced by the satirical deity.

God seems to have been banned after perhaps a few hundred users took offense to the criticism of U.S. spending and flooded Facebook with reports — triggering the automatic suspension.

That portends the heavy-handed suppression will only continue, much to the consternation of those who champion the statement most often attributed to Voltaire, which reads:

“I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

For God, the ban over criticizing the government’s priorities is exasperating and all-too-telling of larger issues. As he put it,

“Humans are sick and stupid and they make God go crazy.”

[UPDATE] It now appears Facebook has come to its senses — since the publication of this article, ‘God’ had his ban lifted and has begun posting once again.

  • Brian

    You know how you fix this… Start reporting anything you disagree with. Eventually they’ll have to ditch the algorithms because everything will be flagged.

    Or… you can just delete your Facebook account and live a happy life.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    The truth always hurts.

    • raz-0

      You mean the truth that lots of countries with socialized medicine can afford to do so because they rely on the US military to keep the peace and maintain their sovereignty?

      There are very few things that fall into the category of simple choices when dealing with the governance of hundreds of millions of people.

      • Loren Michl

        One word for the gibberish you just spilled…. bullshit

        • David Daisy May Boldock

          Personally i would have said it’s a load of bollocks, but i see you were being polite, so we will go with that. 🙂

      • MostOfYouRBrainwashed HAHA

        “rely on the US military to keep the peace”

        HAHAHAHA… boy oh boy, you sure are one helluva brainwashed, fellow.

        • raz-0

          So the fact that the EU is finally looking to fund a military when they are dealing with the possibility of the us prolong up NATO is just coincidence?

          The dollars they didn’t spend there for decades was spent elsewhere.

          Also look at the dollar value of backing un policy. That’s spending other nations resources, of which the us military made up quite a bit of it.

          Right now japan, south korea, Vietnam, etc aren’t spending their money in the south China sea because we are spending our money on their behalf.

          I put in the sovreignity bit because strong arguments could be made against the peacekeeping bit.

          You really are a bunch of mal informed fucktards though.

          • MostOfYouRBrainwashed HAHA

            LMAO! You are so brainwashed.

          • A Chamberlin

            The EU has plenty of miltary might and do not need the constant interference and destabilisation that USA military invasions and drone assasinations cause.
            The USA has a policy of Permanent War to prop up its failing empire.
            Japan, S. Korea, and Viet Nam are not in danger from China or N. Korea. The USA just can’t mind its own business and that’s been their m.o. for 150 years.

      • junktex

        LOL.US is keeping the peace????Where??

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Facebook. Where idiots complain about other idiots being idiots.

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  • doucyet

    Facebook says…………the joke is on you.

  • Valli Weidemann

    the page posted something literally an hour ago

    • zybch

      Read the last paragraph dick!

      • MostOfYouRBrainwashed HAHA

        You got more comments than upvotes. Time to log off, bruh.

  • andrea

    But when I complain about people threatening my LIFE because I am trans, why they laugh at me.

    Whatever Facebook is doing, it’s shit. Their algorithms merely allow censorship, not community standards. They’re pathetic.

  • XCorpHoncho

    This is a good example of fake news….. the God FB page is still active, posting as of 2 hours ago…

    • zybch

      Did you even read the last paragraph you stupid muppet?

      • XCorpHoncho

        Did you read the word at the start of the last paragraph, der it said Update: you illiterate clown? Go back to your xbox

  • torino390

    I’ve seen some horrifically violent material on Facebook. Their ‘community standards’ are bullshit. Zuckerberg has been bought, just like the media and news production companies. They’ll show a beheading of a woman on Saudi streets, an animals throat being slit, but not a cartoon of mo-ham-head. Bullshit I tell you.

  • Amor Terra

    Facebook seems to be the Memory Hole. Zuckerberg must be so proud.

  • Steve Rusk

    Thought control is alive and well in America.

  • Steven Ginn

    I too was blackballed for 30 days for telling a poster about his unwarranted and inappropriate overuse of the word “whom”! Fuck Zuckerberg!

  • Hey, I have a great idea. Since all of you “free thinkers” are so into freedom, and since facebook is a private company, and thus entitled to do anything that they want to do within the confines of the law, and since you do not like what they do, then, how about (And I know that this is a really radical idea) start your own social media company. And you could make a bazillion dollars. Surely there are enough free thinkers and lovers of freedom that this is possible.

    And since you are all so F**n smart, it would be a great success. I mean, unless you really are not all that smart, and almost all of you are still living with your parents.

    FWIW, I never joined FB. In fact, I never even thought about it. I prefer real life, not virtual pretend life.

  • bigbird2071

    FK Fakebook! Never had it, never will. We did just fine before it.

  • Josh p

    I somehow doubt you can prove it was trump supporters who got your post removed.

    but you’ll assume it is. because you’re a leftist imbecile with a victim mentality that requires you to blame others at all times, thus alleviating yourself from the burden.

    see, I can make assumptions too “God”