Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 22, 2021 / 12:22 pm
A Catholic charity says it's been censored and de-platformed by Facebook without explanation in connection with the group's recent petition drive calling for greater efforts to stop the abduction and forced conversion and marriage of Christian women and girls in Islamic countries.
London-based Aid to the Church in Need UK launched its campaign with a series of Facebook ads in early November. The organization's effort was held in conjunction with the release of its new report, titled "Hear Her Cries," which details the rampant and widely ignored abuse of women and girls who are Christians or members of other religious minority groups at the hands of Islamic extremists in Nigeria, Mozambique, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Pakistan.
Within a week, on Nov. 10, Facebook notified the charity that the social media giant was sharply curtailing the number of ads the group could post. The notice didn't specify a reason.
"This is because too many ads were hidden or reported for ad accounts associated with this business. People hide and report ads because they find them to be offensive, misleading, sexually inappropriate, violent, about a sensitive topic or for other reasons," the notice states.