No one in the media or in tech companies bats an eye when football players kneel during the national anthem as a protest. But when a football player tries to offer an inspirational message of faith, Twitter censors it as “potentially sensitive content.”
“We get to trust an unknown future to a known God, because we know how much he loves us,” said former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow in a video posted to his Twitter page. The athlete looked as if he was finishing a heavy workout, offering a message of hope to his followers. But Twitter found this video to be potentially sensitive content, covering it up with an interstitial, or filter.
“Twitter can identify potentially sensitive content that other users may not wish to see, such as violence or nudity,” says the Twitter Rules and Policies. But would a video featuring Tim Tebow speaking to his fans about God count as violence or nudity?
“This could be your time for growing; this could be your time for adapting; this could be the time that is a test for you; but tomorrow it gets to turn into a testimony,” said Tebow. “Because you never know what God is doing with your life.”
A Twitter spokesperson told the Media Research Center that “It was a mistake and has since been corrected.”
Twitter has a habit of censoring both Christian content and pro-life content regularly. The platform suspended the account for the pro-life film, Unplanned, and prevented users from following the account. More recently, the platform has been cracking down on conservatives, even President Trump himself.
“Right where you’re at, whatever you’re doing, whatever you’re going through, He loves you. You were enough for His Son to die on the cross. That’s how much you’re loved. Hold on to that in your time of need,” Tebow ended his video. While many Christians might find that uplifting during these troubled times, Twitter slapped a “potentially sensitive content” label on it.
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