Birthright of Bel Air submitted a simple online advertisement to Facebook, hoping to reach more pregnant women in need of assistance.
The ad showed a photo of a pregnant woman with the sonogram image of a baby superimposed over her stomach. It read: “Every life is a miracle. If you are pregnant and need help, Birthright is here for you.”
The Maryland pregnancy center employees did not think its ad was controversial, so they were surprised when Facebook rejected it, according to Fox News Baltimore.
“Within five minutes it was rejected,” said Stephanie Atha, outreach coordinator for the pregnancy center. “I didn’t think that was appropriate. It was really rather odd since everything in the ad seemed very positive and encouraging.”
Here’s more from the local news outlet:
After Atha appealed Facebook’s decision, she found out it was the phrase ‘If you are pregnant’ that caused the social media giant to reject the message.
“They paralleled it to ‘if you are fat’ or ‘if you are overweight’,” said Atha, who was told by a company representative that Facebook doesn’t allow ads that call out to specific user attributes, such as race, religion or age, since it could be offensive.
Atha re-worded the advertisement which now says “Every life is precious. Pregnant women and their families can find hope and unconditional support at Birthright.”
It was approved, said Atha, but after twelve hours instead of minutes like her previous blurbs.
“It makes no sense,” said Atha. “It definitely makes me wonder what’s going on behind the scenes of Facebook a little bit.”
— Adam Yosim (@Adam_Yosim) October 27, 2016
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This is not the first time Facebook has been in the news for censoring pro-life and conservative posts. In April 2015, Facebook told Live Action News that it could not promote one of its stories because “the image or video thumbnail may shock or evoke a negative response from viewers.” The image was of baby Eli Thompson who was born without a nose.
In May, Facebook became a subject of national news after some of its workers admitted that they suppressed conservative news stories in favor of liberal ones.
LifeNews.com, which is the leading pro-life news web site on the Internet and the only one specifically devoted to pro-life issues, has long believed that Facebook has been suppressing its traffic. In recent months, other reports have surfaced that Twitter has also been deep-sixing content from conservative and pro-life sources.
Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg also has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charities that fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain.