Social media giants, YouTube and Facebook have taken hard measures against the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, TB Joshua following a recent investigation into contents posted on their platforms.
Youtube has suspended the account of the Preacher whilst Facebook has also reviewed contents posted on its platform and removed some which violates community rules.
According to UK-based openDemocracy which reviewed contents on the Youtube channel of the preacher covering a period from 2016 and 2020, contents posted by the TB Joshua’s channel promotes hate speech.
In the report sent to Youtube, openDemocracy stressed that, consistent prayers held by TB Joshua to “cure” people engaging in LGBTQIA+ practices is demeaning and an abuse of human right.
A spokesperson for YouTube responded to openDemocracy stating that, “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit hate speech and we remove flagged videos and comments that violate these policies. In this case we have terminated the channel”.
The platform added that, it “prohibits content which alleges that someone is mentally ill, diseased, or inferior because of their membership in a protected group including sexual orientation”.
Facebook on the other hand decided to only flag and delete selected contents which violates their rules; a Facebook spokesperson said, “we don’t allow attacks against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, including content promoting conversion therapy services…we take attacks on the LGBT+ community incredibly seriously and encourage people to report this kind of content when they see it so we can investigate.”
TB Joshua’s Youtube channel had1.8 million subscribers whilst the Facebook account has about 5.6 million followers.
The measures have been criticized by some religious enthusiasts who argue form the perspective that, religious practice equally embodies its set of believes and definition for right and wrong.
Exorcism in religion is based on the unlimited powers of an almighty God perceived to be capable of anything. To these people, the measure appears to be a fight against religion than a fight for human right. In essence, one practice according to them, was skewed to satisfy another.