(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com) – Facebook has found itself on the wrong end of a censorship debate once again. One day after banning an interview with an abortion survivor and labeling it “spam,” the social media giant decided to reverse course and lift the ban.
It’s amazing what bad press can “influence” a company to do, isn’t it?
Earlier this week, Seth Gruber of the Life Training Institute did something relatively innocuous: He posted a video interview with Melissa Ohden, the director of the Abortion Survivors Network, to YouTube. Gruber then posted a link of that video to his personal Facebook account.
Seems simple and harmless enough. But Facebook apparently didn’t think so.
Gruber quickly received a notification from the social media site that “your post goes against our community standards on spam. No one else can see your post. We have these standards to help prevent people from misleading others. We may restrict your account if you violate our standards again.”
The video, which can be viewed on YouTube here, talks about a number of topics. It highlights Ohden’s survival from a saline abortion for five days, before she was transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit, and then finally adopted by another family.
It’s a touching story of survival. Facebook didn’t see that angle, though, choosing instead to focus on the fact that the video was related, in some way, to abortion.
When Gruber received the notification from Facebook, he appealed the decision immediately. He didn’t expect a reply, he said, but the overwhelming media coverage and bad publicity convinced Facebook to change its mind — as it has so often in the past.
Before Facebook overturned its decision, Gruber said:
“It’s ironic, isn’t it, that when pro-abortion advocates can’t silence unborn children in the womb through dismemberment, they will attempt to silence the voices of those who survived that procedure under the guise of ‘misleading others.'”
The censorship from Facebook drew the ire of Ohden as well. She said:
“I had been looking forward to posting the link to an interview I did with Seth Gruber. Facebook isn’t a fan of the message of an abortion survivor. Give FB and the liberal media a piece of your mind on this one. I will be.”
This isn’t the first time Facebook has been called out for its apparent liberal agenda — and it probably won’t be the last. After instituting changes to its algorithm in 2018, many independent analyses found the site “disproportionately impacted conservative politicians and websites.”
The company has been criticized in the past for discriminating against right-leaning posts and pages, suppressing the messaging of these people and groups, despite their to free speech on the platform.
It would be one thing if Gruber’s interview with Ohden promoted violence, retaliation or any type of hate. But the interview is the opposite — it’s a remarkable story of survival and one woman’s views on an important issue in our country.
But Facebook didn’t seem to care … at least until they were called out for it.