The social networking site Facebook has provided an explanation as to why links to Kirk Cameron’s new documentary website were blocked for a time last week.
As previously reported, Cameron, known for his role as the young Mike Seaver of the 80′s sitcom Growing Pains, and most recently as the co-host of the Way of the Master evangelism training videos, first alerted followers that attempts to post a link to the site for his new documentary Unstoppable were being flagged as spam. The site only contains the embedded film trailer at this time.
“Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Cameron asks in the movie preview. “If God is good, and He is a God of love, and He is powerful enough to stop evil and pain and suffering, why doesn’t He?”
Cameron also explains that the project is his “most personal” film to date, and is a reflection of his journey to “be honest and examine [his] questions and [his] doubts.” He outlines in the film trailer that the “meat grinder” experience made his faith in God stronger than ever.
However, just a day after announcing the film online, Cameron posted on Thursday that Facebook had barred him from posting a link to the documentary website.
“Facebook has officially ‘blocked’ me and you (and everyone else) from posting any link to my new movie at UnstoppableTheMoviedotcom, labeling the content as ‘abusive,’ ‘unsafe,’ and ‘spammy…’! I can’t even write the real link here or Facebook would block this post, too!” he wrote. “We have been officially shut down by Facebook and unable to get any response from them. This is my most personal film about faith, hope and love, and about why God allows bad things to happen to good people. What is ‘abusive’ or ‘unsafe’ about that?”
He then asked followers to share his status on their pages in an effort to urge Facebook to unblock the site, and announced the following day that Facebook had apologized and rectified the issue. Now, Facebook is offering its explanation to the public as to why the site was unable to be posted.
“To protect the hundreds of millions of people who connect and share on Facebook every day, we have automated systems that work in the background to maintain a trusted environment and protect our users from bad actors who often use links to spread spam and malware,” spokesman Michael Kirkland told Social News Daily. “These systems are so effective that most people who use Facebook will never encounter spam. They’re not perfect, though, and in rare instances they make mistakes.”
“This link was blocked for a very short period of time after being misidentified as a potential spam or malware site,” he continued. “We learn from rare cases such as these to make our systems even better.”
Cameron’s trailer was also barred for a time by YouTube after being marked as spam, but was later restored.
Noting the irony of his Unstoppable film being halted–at least temporarily–from the onset, the famed actor who was once an atheist asked that followers purchase tickets to the one-night September 24th showing so that “nothing can stop it from playing.”
Cameron plans on simulcasting the film live from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia to theaters and other venues across the country.
“Theaters full of people who love God, even in the midst of tragedy, is a powerful witness to everyone that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt,” he said.