Tuesday, July 23, 2013

'Unstoppable' again: Film no longer seen as spam by Facebook, YouTube

Aside from being an actor, Kirk Cameron ("Growing Pains") is also an evangelical Christian. Thus, one could only say that his latest movie, the evangelical-themed "Unstoppable," had some "ungodly" obstacles placed in its path: It was banned from both Facebook and YouTube recently, though both blockages were resolved by Tuesday.

Cameron first posted about the issue on July 18, when he took to his Facebook page to alert fans that links to the website for "Unstoppable" had been blocked by Facebook. for allegedly being "abusive," "unsafe" and "spammy."

The the next day, July 19, he announced that YouTube had similarly blocked the "Unstoppable" trailer because it was considered "spam," a "scam" and "deceptive."
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?!. Please help us encourage Facebook to unblock our website soon by sharing this post with your friends so more people can see this transparent, faith-building project.
"Unstoppable" is an 2013 American documentary film that Cameron hosts. Cameron also wrote the script, and has stated that his mission for the film is to answer the question of, "Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?"

The trailer, restored and embedded below, begins with Cameron looking into the camera and asking the question, "Why does God let bad things happen to good people?"

While it is unclear why YouTube took down Cameron's trailer, Facebook's official statement on the matter offers some clues. Issued Monday, the statement read:
From what we can tell, the address purchased for the movie was previously being used as a spam site and it hadn't been refreshed in our system yet. We were in direct contact with Kirk's team on this and reversed the block as soon as we confirmed that the address was no longer being used for spam.
"Unstoppable" will hit theaters for one night only, on Sept. 24.

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