Facebook banned an ad from a Catholic University featuring a crucifix because according to them, it constituted excessively violent imagery.
The Franciscan University of Steubenville posted a Facebook ad to promote their online MA of Theology and MA of Catechetics and Evangelization programs.
But according to screenshots shared by the school's blog, The Franciscan, Facebook rejected the ad under the pretence that an “image, video thumbnail or video cannot contain shocking, sensational, or excessively violent content”
The excessively violent image was the San Damiano Cross, a fairly ornate and not-at-all gory depiction of Jesus reigning from a cruciform throne.
The crucifixion of Jesus was violent. But this cross? It’s beautiful.
And what's Facebook's excuse for this ban?
It looks like the well-meaning folks at The Franciscan University were accidentally snagged by Facebook's algorithm.
That might be true but in today’s video, I’m taking a look at some of the imagery Facebook bans and what they don't ban, just for context.
There has been a real outbreak of violence captured on Facebook Live over the past few years. Murders, rapes and assaults on innocent people and police officers have all been broadcast on Facebook’s live streaming service. Some of them remain available to view.