UPDATE, 11:35 AM: The social network company wasn’t making a judgment about Kirk Cameron‘s upcoming religious movie Unstoppable last week when it blocked links to the promo site. “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,” Facebook says today. But “in rare instances they make mistakes.” And this was one of them: The 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.”
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY AM: Former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron‘s upcoming movie Unstoppable vows to answer the question “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?” But considering that theaters will only have one night, September 24, to show the movie backed by Liberty University, you can appreciate why he’s also so concerned about another question: Where can people see the trailer? That was a problem last week after YouTube took down the video saying that it violated policies against “spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content” and Facebook cited similar reasons to block links to his promo site, UnstoppableTheMovie.com. “This is my most personal film about faith, hope, and love, and about why God allows bad things to happen to good people. What is ‘abusive’ or ‘unsafe’ about that?!,” Cameron wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday. But both Internet powers relented on Friday. Cameron wrote on Facebook that his “phone is ringing off the hook to talk with me about how powerful the faith community is to accomplish good things when we put our hearts and minds together. They are listening!!” NCM Fathom is presenting the theatrical showing, which it says will also include a live performance by musician Warren Barfield, a Q&A session with Cameron, and then “a special surprise guest in the faith based community for a quick talk.”
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