In what they claim is a problem, Facebook on Wednesday warned users who searched “Let Us Worship,” a Christian worship organization, that the research “may be associated with the dangerous conspiracy movement called QAnon.”
The group in question, Let Us Worship, is holding worship gatherings in cities across the United States, including cities recently hit by violent protests, or under extreme COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting Christians from going to the United States. church. Sean Feucht, the founder, told The Federalist that he has never spoken publicly or privately about QAnon.
âWe literally have nothing to do with Q,â he said, adding that Facebook’s warning label is âan outright lieâ.
Feucht said he believed the social media giant’s censorship was targeted, following a Daily Beast hit article on Let Us Worship for holding a worship rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC this weekend.
âThey have a program,â he said. âThey are targeting the church.
Feucht said they reported the deceptive tag, and that it has since been removed, but Facebook has never released an explanation, apology or response on what they plan to do to prevent this from happening. reproduce in the future.
A Facebook spokesperson told The Federalist that the dangerous research label was an “error” and that “the bug impacted a wide variety of stakeholders.”
When we first launched the Redirection Initiative for QAnon today, there was an issue that caused people to see information on this topic when searching for unrelated terms. We have suspended this redirect while we resolve the issue. https://t.co/YJb4E46BJf
– Facebook press room (@fbnewsroom) October 21, 2020
Facebook announced in August that they would take action to limit the content of Facebook groups, Instagram pages and accounts they believed to be linked to “anarchist groups that support acts of violence amid protests,” such as QAnon. On October 21, they updated the policy, announcing that searches for terms related to QAnon on Facebook and Instagram would direct users to a link with information about the Global Network on Extremism and Technology group.
The latest incident comes just a week after Facebook publicly announced it would censor and limit the dissemination of New York Post reporting on Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian business interests. Republican senators on the judiciary commission have asked Facebook to explain their censorship policies.
âIsn’t such a public intervention itself a reflection of Facebook’s assessment of the credibility of a report? Sen. Josh Hawley asked of Facebook shares. Hawley and other lawmakers are seeking to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, under which big tech companies operate and claim they are just platforms, not publishers.
Feucht has said he supports Section 230 reform and hopes this censorship incident against Let Us Worship is included in lawmakers’ investigations on Facebook and Twitter.
âThis is a peaceful movement from all political backgrounds and they are repressing it by linking us to Q,â he said.