Twitter Rejects Pastor’s Request to Promote ‘One Man One Woman’ Marriage Book, Calls It ‘Hate’

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A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura, California December 21, 2013.

Twitter has rejected a pastor’s request to use the social media site’s advertising platform to promote a tweet highlighting his new book advocating for a traditional Christian belief in marriage.

On July 2, 56-year-old pastor Craig Stellpflug paid for Twitter Ads to promote a tweet he posted about his new book titled One Man One Woman: God’s Original Design for Marriage that was published by WestBow Press in June.

Stellpflug, a retired medical professional with a pastoral career who now teaches Bible study and Sunday school at Sunrise Baptist Church in Custer, Washington, told The Christian Post in an interview that he received an email response from Twitter on July 3 telling him that his tweet “has not been approved for use in your Twitter Ads campaign.”

The tweet in question states: “One Man One Woman is about God’s original design for marriage carried from Adam and Eve in the garden through today.” The tweet also includes a photo of the book and a link to the WestBow Press online bookstore.

The July 3 email that Twitter sent to Stellpflug, which was shared with The Christian Post, explained that the tweet violated Twitter’s ad policy.

“This determination is based on the following Twitter Ads policy: Hate,” Twitter’s email to the pastor reads.

The email included a link to a webpage outlining Twitter’s ad policy, which states that Twitter prohibits “hate content, sensitive topics, and violence globally.”

Twitter lists a number of scenarios in which the policy applies, including “hate speech or advocacy against an individual, organization or protected group based on race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other protected status.”

“They started promoting it, they took my money,” Stellpflug told The Christian Post. “Then, I get that email that tweet was not approved and that it was determined to be hate.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith

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