The filmmakers behind a movie about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell say Facebook blocked ads promoting the film.
“The Silicon establishment do not want this story told,” Phelim McAleer, a producer of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, told The Federalist.
Supporters of the movie, McAleer said, tried paying to “boost” several posts about the movie but were rejected. They even tried boosting a post from a mainstream outlet.
“They [Facebook] simply state it’s not been approved and to check their standards, but it does not give you a specific reason why this post could not be promoted at all to a wider audience,” McAleer said. “It’s clear it is the pro-life audience that they don’t want to encourage or provide content to. They really hate anyone who doesn’t subscribe to the liberal world view.”
Without Facebook’s help, many people who might want to see the movie don’t even know about it.
“Facebook is essentially silencing these children and women whom Gosnell murdered,” McAleer told The Federalist. “This is content journalists should be covering but Facebook is putting their thumb on the scale because they do not like the content. … As independent filmmakers, we have a limited budget and Facebook was a mainstay of our outreach efforts.”
Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortion doctor who was sentenced to prison for cutting the spinal cords of babies born alive.
The movie opened in 673 theaters last weekend, grossing $1.1 million.
Read Crosswalk.com’s feature about Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer here.
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.