On February 23, Mark Zuckerberg's multi-million dollar company announced it made an "error" by removing the page Activist Mommy after the author posted passages from the Bible on marriage.
Elizabeth Johnston, blog author and Ohio homeschool mother of 10, posted quotes from Leviticus about the "detestable" and "abominable" character of homosexual sin.
Facebook removed her posts and froze her account after she posted:
It is commonly believed that Jesus never condemned homosexuality but nothing could be further from the truth. He frequently condemned lust in the harshest of terms, as in Matthew 5:28. He picked an example of heterosexual lust — a man lusting at a woman — but those words apply to all forms of lust, whether females lusting after males, homosexual lust, pedophillia, bestiality. All sexual contact outside of natural marriage is lust.
After media circles called out Facebook for targeting Johnston, the social media platform issued a boilerplate statement to Johnston on February 23: "A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook. This was a mistake, and we sincerely apologize for this error."
When Facebook was pressed further by media, a spokesman said, "Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong."
Johnston however, believes she was targeted by Facebook for her overtly conservative views. As well as removing posts condemning homosexuality from the page, Facebook also "froze" her account several times.
The Activist Mommy page has seen an uptick in traffic since the story went viral. The page now has more than 77,000 likes.
In a February 24 video, Johnston said, "Mark Zuckerberg falsely claims that Facebook is unbiased when it is not. He's using Facebook as an ideological weapon and punishing those of us who do not submit to his agenda. Now think about this, I was banned for 10 days."
She added, "They punished me — they suspend me from being able to use not only my Activist Mommy page [but also] my personal page."
In a news release at the time of the incident, Johnston remarked, "They are muzzling me and my biblical message, while Mark Zuckerberg claims that FB is unbiased."
After regaining access to Activist Mommy, Johnston wrote:
WELL LOOKY HERE!! We did it! After my story went worldwide on New York Times, Fox News and beyond, Facebook did something you'll rarely (if ever) see them do. They APOLOGIZED and restored the content in question to its original place. DON'T GET TOO EXCITED THOUGH!! They claimed it was "accidentally" deleted. Are you buying that??
Biased media news stories are front and center in American culture today, especially in light of President Trump's repeated dennciation of "fake news."