The founder of an online Christian ministry says Facebook is censoring his live videos for being critical of same-sex marriage, but the social media giant says it doesn’t know why his videos are expiring.
Pastor Rich Penkoski, who runs the Facebook page “Warriors for Christ” and has made enemies in the LGBT community for voicing his strong opposition to the LGBT agenda, has voiced his concerns with Facebook officials about the consistent removal of his live videos.
Penkoski told The Christian Post on Friday that about two-thirds of his live videos in the last couple of months — specifically videos where he criticizes same-sex marriage and transgender issues — have not stayed published on the Facebook page.
In the last two weeks, Penkoski said he’s had just one live video stay published after he was done recording.
The issues with the videos come just months after Facebook took down the original “Warriors for Christ” page that had over 200,000 followers on grounds that it had violated Facebook’s policy on hate speech and bullying too many times.
Facebook also took down the Warriors for Christ youth page, its Australia-based page and its backup page. After those three pages were restored by Facebook later that month, Penkoski converted the Warrior’s for Christ youth page into the ministry’s new main page. That account has grown from just a couple of thousand followers in January to over 58,000 today.
But Penkoski said that he still had an issue getting many of his videos to stay posted and has spoken with Facebook’s policy team at least twice over the course of the last five months about the situation.
“If I make any mention of same-sex marriage, anything, even it if is just a tiny little blurb … that video will be removed,” Penkoski asserted.
During the first phone call with Facebook over four months ago — when the problems with his videos weren’t as severe as they are today — Penkoski said he was told that his videos might have been removed because of a “glitch.” He brought to Facebook’s attention a couple different videos that had expired.
“We asked how could that possibly be a glitch? Only those videos with that mention are getting removed,” Penkoski told CP. “All the other videos stay up except for that one.”
A Facebook spokesperson told CP on Friday that after a review, it was determined that there was no glitch in the system and that the videos Penkoski brought to Facebook’s attention did not violate Facebook’s community standards. If they had, she said, Penkoski would have received a notification telling him why his video was removed.
Penkoski said that in a second phone call with the Facebook officials about a month-and-a-half ago, he was told that his videos might be removed after he’s finished recording because he had accidentally changed the settings so that the live videos expire after they are recorded.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith