Facebook is standing by its decision to demonetize The Babylon Bee, a Christian satire site, over a satirical article repeating a witch joke from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Facebook claimed that the article “Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch” actually “incites violence.” The social media platform demanded that the Babylon Bee edit the article and not speak publicly about the review, but Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon went public.

“So after a manual review, Facebook says they stand by their decision to pull down this article and demonetize our page. I’m not kidding. They say this article ‘incites violence,’” Dillon tweeted. “It’s literally a regurgitated joke from a Monty Python movie!”

“In what universe does a fictional quote as part of an obvious joke constitute a genuine incitement to violence?” the CEO asked. “How does context not come into play here? They’re asking us to edit the article and not speak publicly about internal content reviews. Oops, did I just tweet this?”

Dillon said that the Babylon Bee expected Facebook to reverse its actions once a person reviewed the article.

“We fully expected that once a real person reviewed the article, they’d see that it’s just a rehashed Monty Python joke put out there by a satire site. It literally couldn’t be more silly or harmless,” he said. “But they stuck with their original ruling and want us to edit the article before they’ll reinstate monetization on our page. Needless to say, we won’t be doing that.”

“This situation raises a serious question about double standards,” Dillon said. “How fairly does Facebook enforce these standards? A Black Lives Matter leader recently said they’ll ‘burn down this system’ if change doesn’t happen. That’s allowed on Facebook. You can quote it. You can link to it. But you can’t rehash a Monty Python joke about burning a witch at the stake?”

“Facebook says in their community standards that they take context into account when evaluating threats and incitements to violence. The evidence here suggests otherwise,” he argued.

Facebook demonetized the Babylon Bee, preventing the organization from using features that would allow it to make money off of its content on the platform.

19 thoughts on “Facebook Declares War on Christian Satire Site”
  1. Facebook needs to get out of censoring people and get off the American people’s back.
    Mind your own business and quit being politically correct.
    It is not your business to correct free Speech
    How Stupid are you to be doing this

  2. FaceBook:
    What we are concerned about @ mine today is the support of communism by
    Suppressing Factual Evidence stories against candidate Biden.
    Communist practice.

  3. Zuckerberg is as big a nazi and communist as Pelosi and her crew. Facebook blocks you when you disagree and add comments that they say are community rules. Facebook can rot in the sewer with the other rats whole Zuckerberg gets money from communist Soros.

  4. This actually happened on 10/18/20, not on 10/23/20. And it was resolved quickly. Here is a quote from the Babylon Bee’s CEO, Seth Dillon: “(After our followers made some noise), Twitter responded by reinstating us, saying we’d been suspended “by mistake.”

  5. I think Facebook has taken it upon itself to act as the internet sensors. We are all grown ups here. And, I believe can make rational decisions regarding our own opinions whether regarding religion, politics or what ever. Now I don’t have a problem with sensoring pornography or other illegal activities. But to sensor Facebook subscribers for their own thoughts and beliefs is an infringement of our constitutional rights. Big brother does not need to sensor my thoughts on religion or anything else.

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