This is what we’ve come to in America!
Instagram is now classifying my WORSHIP videos as “harmful or false information” 🤦🏼♂️
Religious Liberty? Freedom of Speech? Big Tech censorship? pic.twitter.com/I7s6HUfKH4
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) June 23, 2020
Sean Feucht is a Christian worship leader who recently ran for political office in California. On June 23 he tweeted a photo of an Instagram post, apparently from a fan of his on Instagram. In it the fan explains that Instagram prevented him from sharing a video from one of Feucht’s services.
“Your story goes against our community guidelines,” says the warning. “Story removed for harmful false information,” it continues.
Feucht’s situation was noticed by U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO). “Cancel culture meets #BigTech. Now @instagram is censoring a Christian worship leader who wants to post videos of praise and worship from places where there has recently been unrest. And that doesn’t meet ‘community standards’? Can’t wait to hear the explanation for this,” Hawley wrote on Twitter.
Several journalists have reached out to Instagram for further explanation. So far there has been no word from the company on how a religious service constitutes “harmful” or “false” information.