Facebook Apologizes for Banning LGBT Activist
Officials from Facebook apologized to the founder of a popular pro-gay marriage Facebook page this week after the social media website blocked him for posting a photograph of a same-sex couple that some found "offensive," the British newspaper the Guardian reports.
Murray Lipp, who runs the Gay Marriage USA Facebook page, received a notification about a picture of a gay couple he had posted. The photo showed a bishop marrying his partner at a Pentecostal Church. According to Facebook, a number of users complained and left negative comments.
"I am just in disgust with their lifestyle. It’s disgusting and completely vile," one person wrote, according to the Guardian. "Someone please explain to me how it is acceptable when man and man/woman or woman cannot conceive children? It is our purpose in life to conceive children," another wrote. The Guardian noted other postings that quoted from the Bible and users who vowed to have Lipp’s page shut down.
The social media website’s administrators wrote Lipp that he would no longer have access to, or posting on, the Gay Marriage USA page, which has nearly 300,000 followers. The administrators argued that he broke Facebook’s "policies and community standards."
Lipp admits he received several similar notifications from Facebook in the past after users complained over the page’s pro-gay content. "Not once has Facebook ever contacted me to give me an opportunity to respond," he told the Guardian. "It simply blocks me each time and each time the block is for a longer period of time. It’s totally unjust that I should be punished for someone else’s homophobia."