Update from Adam Ford: “It appears my post has been reinstated. I have heard nothing from Instagram, but the comic is back on my account.”
The founder of the popular Christian satire site Babylon Bee recently had a post to Instagram comparing abortion to slavery removed by the social media website over claims that it was “hate speech.”
Adam Ford, who sold the Babylon Bee website last year, posted an entry on his Christian Daily Reporter site on Wednesday, explaining that he recently learned that a comic he posted to Instagram last month was taken down.
“Instagram yanked it as ‘hate speech,’” wrote Ford, who included a screengrab of the message he received regarding the post.
According to Instagram, the removed post violated the website’s “community guidelines” on “hate speech and symbols.”
“We want to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone, and we ask that you treat other members of the community with respect,” stated Instagram.
Instagram went on to explain that they remove any posts that have “captions that encourage violence or attack anyone based on who they are” or posts that have “specific threats of physical harm, theft or vandalism.”
“Please, read the entire comic and try to ponder how in the world it could be considered ‘hate speech,’” added Ford, who included the whole comic, which is also available to read here, in its entirety on the Daily Reporter post.
The removed webcomic featured a dialogue between two women living in the Antebellum debating the morality of slavery, using arguments similar to the debate over abortion and starting with the question “Does slavery ever bother you?”
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Source: Christian Post