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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

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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.

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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.

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Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.
  • abraxiandeleter

    “I prefer real life, not virtual pretend life” says the person ranting on the internet to no one in particular

  • abraxiandeleter

    Whoa Sherlock Holmes, you really solved the mystery of the fake news 😀

  • Jim Ryder

    Please feel free to withdraw any time you like. We are quite sick of propping up your military industrial complex.

  • kimc

    I suggest you all read the book *Weapons of Math Destruction* by mathematician Cathy O’Neil. It’s about the real damage those algorithms can do, and very interesting.

    • David Daisy May Boldock

      Thanks lass and will do 🙂

  • kimc

    My idea is that we should assign the military to fix the infrastructure all across the US. They can hire locals and use their big budget to do some good here. Maybe it will even keep them gainfully occupied and out of wars just to do something.

  • A Olson

    Stupid move, FB!!!!! SAD!!!! Maybe you need to edit trump’s ignorant tweets instead!!!!

  • Erik Brock

    in the minds of people who oppose socialized medicine. of course we COULD afford both single payer and the largest military in the world if we just stopped giving billionaires huge tax breaks, but that would be silly.

    • Matt Begley

      “Logic diminishes as greed grows.”
      Uncle Matt

  • JIMBaby

    IT IS STILL OPERATING. Who makes these Lies up,..and for what reason.

  • DT

    I find many so-called-christians are too stupid to understand their own mythology and rather than discuss it, they report comments “their god” made them too ignorant to debate.

    “God” has many followers who can raise their voices to Facebook’s censorship but the average person has to wait out the arbitrary bans.

  • DT

    My friend was tagged in a post in which someone took two photos of my friend from his Facebook account to show how much weight he had gained, and made fun of him on a po https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dc8ec7d1d888f93969b6855610d1aab943ed7c56f9779134e36acea636a526bc.jpg st. Both the person being made fun of and myself reported the post and Facebook responded with “doesn’t go against one of our specific community standards.”

    But yet, when I get banned for debating, Facebook does NOT tell me what specific community standard I have broke, because there is not one other than once you get reported, your account gets flagged to make it easier to get banned again.

  • Larua

    its not the people,
    trump campaigned on no wars and the first thing he did when he entered the white house was to
    declare huge spending hikes for the military industrial complex,
    once again the people are crapped on by lying politicians.
    we have no control of what the Zionist are doing to our world and our planet.
    http://worldbeyondwar.org/individual/

  • Larua

    make a declaration of peace
    http://worldbeyondwar.org/individual/

  • macb423

    So those countries spent their tax dollars intelligently. The US didn’t. Silly Americans!

  • Rhonda J Garza

    Facebook blocked me for two days, for someone reporting nudity on a photo of my DOG. THAT IS THIS bullshit. They need to really work on that algorithim.. find a new one. or actually look at what is being blocked.

  • Rhonda J Garza

    But you are here bitching about it.

  • Matt Begley

    Being a rude bitch is just obnoxious

  • Matt Begley

    Idiot !

  • Matt Begley

    There are, however, simple minds dealing with governance, as is blatantly obvious, is very destructive and very dangerous. It’s not just the simple minded, it is the sociopathic and the psychotic who’s numbers appear to be a growing among the 1%, along with their bank accounts.

  • Matt Begley

    War is good for business… Sell to both sides while pretending to condemn.

  • Larua

    5 year contract to Lockheed for radar to track incoming rockets at a staggering 1.58 million.
    http://www.syracuse.com/business-news/index.ssf/2017/03/lockheed_martin_syracuse_wins_16b_army_contract_among_largest_in_plant_history.html
    5 year contract to Lockheed for trident missiles at a staggering 64.4 million and could increase to
    94.1 million. what is very disturbing is britain will also add 1.9 million to our contract.
    who the hell owns America?
    http://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/05/01/Lockheed-Martin-receives-Trident-missile-contract/2291493648151/
    1 year contract to Lockheed for night vision sensor systems for the apache helicopter at a staggerting
    332.1 million
    http://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/05/01/Lockheed-Martin-receives-contract-for-Apache-helicopter-upgrades/8171493657272/
    1.3 billion to build 130 stelth fighter jets f-35
    and General Dynamics won a 32.8 million contract for training and support equipment
    for his militaries.
    also lockheed will build f-35 for israhell at a whopping 10.8 million on our taxes.
    http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2017/05/01/jets-missiles-night-vision-sensors-lockheed-martin.html
    don’t think for one second that trump does not have stock in Lockheed as well,
    why else would he have such a loud say on the cost of building jets if he were not a major stockholder:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/lockheed-martin-ceo-f35-trump-2017-3
    NOW YOU KNOW WHERE ALL THOSE JOBS THAT TRUMP IS GENERATING ARE COMING FROM!!!!!