Did Kirk Cameron Overplay Persecution by Facebook?
Former "Growing Pains" star Kirk Cameron was outraged last week when Facebook and YouTube banned a link to the movie website for his new film "Unstoppable."
"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,'" posted Cameron on his Facebook page last Thursday, reported TheWrap.com.
"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," Cameron pleaded to his fans.
To publicize the so-called censorship, Cameron posted a picture (right) of himself with the Facebook logo over his mouth.
Last Friday, Cameron declared victory, literally: "Victory!! Friends, you did it! Because of your firm, loving, and clear voice, not only did Facebook welcome us back, YouTube also removed its block on our Unstoppable movie trailer. We are back online with full access."
He then plugged his film: "Now let's make sure NOTHING stops UNSTOPPABLE from coming to a theater in your town on Sept. 24th. Buy your tickets today. If we sell out all the seats in your neighborhood theater, NOTHING can stop it from playing there."
The incident generated enormous publicity for his new movie, however, it may have just been an honest mistake.
“From what we can tell, the [URL] address purchased for the movie was previously being used as a spam site and it hadn’t been refreshed in our system yet," Michael Kirkland, communications manager for Facebook told the Christian Post today.
"We were in direct contact with Kirk's team on this and reversed the block as soon as we confirmed that the address was no longer being used for spam."
"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," added Kirkland.
In the video trailer (below), Cameron dramatically begins with: "Why does God let bad things happen to good people?" and concludes: "I came out the other end of this meat grinder with my faith stronger than ever before.”