April 03, 2018

Facebook algorithm “accidentally” bans Jesus during Lent

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

 

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.

Instead of dealing with that, Facebook spent their time and money developing an algorithm that accidentally bans Jesus during Lent.

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commented 2018-04-05 15:26:36 -0400
“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.”

I guess you haven’t heard of the live, human checkers on FB’s payroll…..
Nice try apologist for censorship!!!!
commented 2018-04-04 21:13:52 -0400
“Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented 5 hours ago
Didn’t listen to Sheila’s report did you Andrew?
So take your smarm elsewhere!”

The report is the standard speculation that it could be deliberate, without actually providing any evidence that it is. Yes, it could be some vast conspiracy, or it could just be crappy AI that red-flagged it because it saw a splayed out human body surrounded by the blood-red patches on the backdrop – the program probably saw that and decided it had an unacceptably high chance of being something gory. Given recent failures of pattern recognition software, that scenario somehow seems more likely to me.
commented 2018-04-04 17:16:39 -0400
Meanwhile Muslims are on daily on facebook and spewing their vile, hate, contempt, disdain for everyone but muslims and promising to slaughter and enslave all we westerners as they overthrow our countries and force everything which destroyed their countries upon us. Oddly NONE HAVE BEEN REMOVED , SHUT OFF FACEBOOK FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME NOR HAVE ANY BEEN CENSORED BUT THE REST OF US HAVE BEEN IF WE DON’T TOE THE LEFT AGENDA. WE ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE AND SO FAR NO ONE HAS EVEN HAD TO HOLD A GUN TO OUR HEADS. Guess we know who the weak and cowards are and it isn’t islam because they are winning the war because we cowards haven’t bothered to even show up to fight back in what used to be our countries!
commented 2018-04-04 15:41:20 -0400
Didn’t listen to Sheila’s report did you Andrew?
So take your smarm elsewhere!
commented 2018-04-04 15:28:02 -0400
Andrew someone who uses a false name online is saying others have a persecution complex, HOW PATHETIC!
commented 2018-04-04 13:43:13 -0400
Are you deliberately trying to be ironic in your accusations, or is that just a lucky accident?

How is this pouting about Jesus not identity politics?
commented 2018-04-04 12:46:35 -0400
Andrew, lame post.
Leftists constantly use projection… just like you do…identity politics and political correctness. The left has a hierarchy of victim status.
commented 2018-04-04 12:23:56 -0400
The persecution complex strikes again. Take away the professional victimhood, and what’s the right got left?
commented 2018-04-04 09:34:18 -0400
I have already deleted my face book account.
commented 2018-04-04 02:36:43 -0400
And, of course, over the course of the Easter weekend, the Google sign-in page had a Buddhist theme logo for an icon… Accident, or deliberate “middle finger” to Christians worldwide???
commented 2018-04-04 02:25:32 -0400
OMG media site tries to make the shooter look more white by using different eye color!!
How can people be so damn pathetic? Oh right they are told what to think and hide the truth any way they can.
https://twitter.com/MarkDice/status/981415560041975808
And they criticize us while they lie.
commented 2018-04-03 21:25:12 -0400
There is absolutely nothing accidental about Facebook’s banning of Christian content.
commented 2018-04-03 20:45:33 -0400
The week leading up to Easter last year, Home Depot had advertised on their ‘large’ sign at the intersection by their store, “Black Friday” sale. I had a discussion with the manager, about the insensitivity and disrespectful advertisement, who attempted to explain that this was simply their sale which happened to be on the same weekend as Good Friday and Easter. They did take down the sign.

It can happen with other stores, companies, in addition to Facebook. It is up to us to take action. Cancel your facebook. Simple as that.
commented 2018-04-03 19:24:29 -0400
Agenda driven algorithm by FB, if you are still using it, consider deleting your account.
commented 2018-04-03 19:19:48 -0400
Well, well Marky Suckerberg – it’s come to this – we are banning FaceBook from use in America – seeing as you have such a cozy thing going with those filthy pislamists who have a propensity of decapitating infidels – your an infidel too ain’t ya??
How’s that shooting working out for ya?? It appears that “hooded” woman was looking for Suckerberg??