Facebook apologizes for accidental restrictions on Bible study website

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Facebook reportedly apologized this week after accidentally restricting the ability to share content from the Biblehub.com Bible study website.

Users filed complaints on social media and UK YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson published a controversial article video titled “Facebook bans Bible passages” on Jan. 25 which garnered over 50,000 views.

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“We have since corrected this and BibleHub.com the content can now be shared. We apologize for this mistake, “the tech giant told Newsweek Wednesday.

Facebook and Bible Hub did not immediately respond to FOX Business’s request for comment.

Watson also tweeted what appeared to be a screenshot of a Facebook user who had been blocked from sharing Bible Hub links.

A message from Facebook in the alleged screenshot read: “Your post could not be shared because this link violates our community standards.”

“Facebook was the main platform for planning the Capitol Riot, but at least it’s cracking down on Bible posts,” Watson wrote next to the image.

In 2019, Buzzfeed News Reported that the conservative influencer was banned from Facebook and Instagram. He has over 48,000 subscribers on YouTube.

According to Newsweek, Facebook said the Bible Hub links were “erroneously flagged as low-quality content, which may restrict sharing capabilities.”

Facebook has come under increased scrutiny in recent months, particularly following the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, which resulted in the deaths of five people. Two law enforcement officers later died by suicide.

Nowhere in his community standards Facebook does say anything about religious content, although they noted that community standards “apply to everyone, everywhere and to all types of content.”

“They are designed to be comprehensive – for example, content that might not be considered hateful can always be removed for violating a different policy,” they wrote, also noting that the consequences vary and the violation continues. may result in more severe restrictions or actions. .

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According to its website, Bible Hub is a free research resource that provides access to Bible study tools in multiple languages ​​and “promotes the gospel of Christ through learning, study, and reading. ‘application of the word of God‘.

Almost 88,000 people love their Facebook group.

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