Facebook has blocked more than two dozen conservative Catholic pages in the last 24 hours, according to a Catholic News Agency (CNA) report.
The only explanation the social media behemoth gave for the pages being blocked was that they were “suspected of suspicious activity.”
U.S. Catholic priest Fr. Francis J. Hoffman has a page that was blocked, “Fr. Rocky,” with an impressive 3.5 million ‘likes.’ Kenneth Alimba, of Nigeria, who runs the now-blocked page “Catholic and Proud,” says Facebook gave him no explanation for its actions. His page had been doing well, reaching 6 million ‘likes’ after 5 years of hard work.
“It’s extremely heartbreaking,” Alimba told CNA. “It’s too horrible.” He believes his page may be getting censored and notes Facebook has been against Catholic and conservative causes for a while.
“They’ve fought and continue to fight anything Catholic and conservative,” he said.
A Catholic fan page called “Jesus and Mary,” with a cover photo depicting the sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary and 1.7 million followers, was also blocked. The page owner, Catholic author and evangelist Godwin Delali Adadzie, says he was online when Facebook blocked his page and said the company sent him a request to upload a photo of himself because his personal account had been “suspected of suspicious activities.”
He says getting blocked is troubling, because it prevents him from spreading Catholicism throughout Africa, and disallows readers from accessing his material.
“The page happens to be the most effective means of driving traffic to my Catholic websites and blogs,” Adadzie said. “I am also a blogger and a writer; and in writing, without readers, which requires quality traffic, your writing or blogging will be useless.”
Of the known to be affected Catholic pages, 21 are based in Brazil and four are pages in English, with administrators in the U.S. and Africa.
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