Kirk Cameron is one of those celebs that really divides people. Which is why when people tried to share his movie trailer on Facebook via a YouTube link and Facebook wouldn’t accept it, it wasn’t a huge jump in logic to think that maybe it was on purpose. But the truth is funnier — Facebook had it accidentally marked as spam. (“Accidentally”? GOVERNMENT DENIES KNOWLEDGE. TRUST NO ONE.)
From MSN Entertainment:
Facebook has responded to Kirk Cameron’s allegations that it was deliberately trying to stop users from accessing the trailer and website for his upcoming film “Unstoppable.”
Cameron’s film was marked as “spam” on both the social networking site and YouTube, thus preventing anyone from posting a link to it or its trailer. After Cameron mobilized his followers to protest, the ban was lifted.
Here’s Facebook’s statement from The Wrap. It’s pretty boring.
To protect the hundreds of millions of people who connect and share on Facebook every day, we have automated systems that work in the background to maintain a trusted environment and protect our users from bad actors who often use links to spread spam and malware. […] They’re not perfect, though, and in rare instances they make mistakes. This link was blocked for a very short period of time after being misidentified as a potential spam or malware site. We learn from rare cases such as these to make our systems even better.
I tried to find tweets from Cameron’s fans but instead I found a lot of jokes about the ordeal. Naturally this one’s from The Onion’s AV Club:
God allows Facebook to block the trailer for Kirk Cameron’s new movie http://avc.lu/154U8I5
Here’s the trailer, if you’re interested. It looks like a car commercial.