Facebook Targets Ephesians 6 Project
Updated: Jun 29, 2022
Last week I made several posts asking people to join us this past Saturday, June 25, 2022 as we went out into the community to hand out food to area homeless. In some of those posts, I included a link to our events page on the website. On Sunday, June 26th, I received notification from Facebook that one of those posts was taken down and the Ephesians 6 Project Facebook page had received a warning. They stated that the post had violated their community standards and was considered spam. Of course, I challenged their finding. I have yet to receive anything back from them about it.
After challenging their removal of my post and their claim that it violated community standards, they proceeded to lock my personal Facebook page. They claim that they had noticed some unusual activity on my page and thought that maybe I had been hacked. I spent probably 15 minutes answering various questions and had to go through my Facebook activity covering the last several months, verifying that the activity was actually me. I saw absolutely nothing in my activity that could possibly even suggest that my page had been hacked in any way. Each of the items that Facebook highlighted for me in my activity log were related to Ephesians 6 Project and our fundraising efforts and our efforts to get others to join us in our mission and in our outreach activity.
I see things on social media every single day, especially on Facebook, that glorifies immoral behavior. Posts involving sex involving minors, post about TV shows and movies with actors portraying minors having sex. Posts about transgenderism among minors and the push to normalize these things among children. Posts glorifying abortion, violent protests (riots) in response to issues throughout our nation. All of these things are celebrated by social media giants and encouraged. Yet posts about a Christian outreach ministry trying to feed the homeless, or trying to raise money to be able to help at risk veterans and first responders are considered to violate community standards.
Now, while I will defend my right to post fundraising efforts and outreach events, I also rejoice in social media's attacks on myself and this ministry. Why? Because we are told that we will experience persecution.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be very glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in this manner they persecuted the prophets who were before you.