Facebook Flagged Gateway Seminary as a Potential Hate Group

Gateway Seminary is cooperating with Facebook to show the school is not a “hate group” in efforts to boost a post describing the Bible as the ultimate authority.

Facebook refused to boost a post linking Gateway President Jeff Iorg’s March 5 blog entry entitled “Logical Progression,” which mentioned abortion, gender issues, and polygamy in asserting the domino effect of unbiblical decisions.

“Holding the line on positions based on timeless biblical standards as an ultimate authority has been and always will be important,” is the focus of the post Iorg sought to boost. Facebook refused.

“My understanding is Facebook has requested, and we have provided, additional information about me and the seminary,” Iorg told Baptist Press today. “They are seeking to establish we are a valid company, not a hate group or a foreign entity.”

Facebook requires pages, according to the message the platform sent in refusing the boost, “to be authorized to run ads related to politics and issues of national importance…. To continue,” Facebook told Gateway, “please complete the one-time authorization process.”

Gateway today was awaiting Facebook’s response.

“So far, we have had a cooperative relationship in trying to resolve these issues,” Iorg told BP. “We understand their ‘flags’ but at the same time will not compromise our message. They have not asked us to do that, only to provide documentation to prove our legitimacy.”

In Iorg’s blog at gs.edu/presidents-blog, he wrote a March 11 entry following Facebook’s response to his initial request.

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Source: Baptist Press