Facebook has issued a public apology to Murray Lipp, the page administrator of Gay Marriage USA, after blocking him from posting any content on the organization’s Facebook page.
Lipp uploaded a photo of a mixed-race gay couple that warranted negative reaction from a number of Facebook users.
This controversial photo, which drew homophobic comments and complaints on the world’s largest social network, showed the marriage of a bishop to his husband at a small Pentecostal church.
It racked up comments ranging from “I am in disgust with their lifestyle” to users quoting verses in the Bible that vehemently state only man and woman are allowed to be in united in holy matrimony.
Several users reported the said photo as “offensive”, prompting Facebook to take the photo down and notify Lipp that the administrators are blocking him from updating and posting anything on the page for a week after “violating Facebook’s policies and community standards.”
Gay Marriage USA is one of America’s leading same-sex marriage campaigns and Murray Lipp is its founder.
Their Facebook page has more than 300,000 fans.
This is not the first time Lipp got reprimanded for something homophobic users found “unpleasant, unacceptable, revolting and disgusting.”
In an interview with the Guardian, Lipp said that Facebook did not give him the chance to defend the updates and photos he had posted on the site whenever the administrators receive complaints, even in the past.
They immediately deleted the reported photos and posts and blocked him from using their services.
He further added that punishment for other people’s homophobia is unjust.
Naysayers of same-sex marriage receive Gay Marriage USA’s posts for they subscribe to the page, as well as those who support the campaign.
The Guardian informed Facebook administrators about the matter, and only then were they able to lift the “disciplinary action” imposed on the Gay Marriage USA Facebook page.
A spokesperson from Facebook reasoned that, indeed, the controversial photo did not violate any of their terms, but inadvertently removed it in error because of the huge amounts of reports they receive every day.
Thousands of complaints directed at content bombard Facebook’s Help department, but long-term evaluation on these complaints is in progress.
Facebook maintained that they review reports and complaints before deleting any posted material in question on the site.
Still, Lipp’s case was nothing but an occasional error on Facebook’s part, and they have apologized for the inconvenience they have caused.