Kirk Cameron Christian Film 'Unstoppable' Trailer Banned by YouTube and Facebook WHY? (VIDEO)
Jul 23, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
Kirk Cameron ran into some literal glitches while trying to promote his new film, "Unstoppable," as the trailer for the new religious movie was banned from both YouTube and Facebook for a time, Yahoo! reports.
When the trailer for "Unstoppable" was first uploaded to YouTube, it was taken down by the popular video site due to claims that it "the preview violated their policies against 'spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.'"
Facebook also initially declined to allow the trailer on its site, but not intentionally. The popular social media site says that the trailer happened to slip into its automated spam filters.
"This link was blocked for a very short period of time after being misidentified as a potential spam or malware site," Facebook said in a statement. "We learn from rare cases such as these to make our systems even better."
It is still unclear on why YouTube initially removed the trailer, though it is back on the site now. It's possible that it was a technical glitch, but Yahoo! has not heard back from any YouTube reps to clarify this.
Cameron, an outspoken Christian activist who has been the subject of much controversy for his polarizing views on everything from evolution to gay marriage, has not released a film since his 2008 project "Fireproof," which was made on a budget of $500,000 and earned more than $33 million at the box office in the U.S. alone.
By the end of Friday, Cameron's trailer was back online, and he posted a message on Facebook thanking all of his fans and supporters: "You did it again!! Because of your firm, loving, and clear voice, not only did Facebook welcome us back, YouTube also removed its block on our 'Unstoppable' movie trailer. We are back online with full access."
"You all just demonstrated to the press (they are all calling me to talk about your amazing response!) that the communities of faith, hope, and love are, well... unstoppable," Cameron wrote in another post at the time his trailer was banned from YouTube. "Now can you all talk to YouTube?? They have blocked and labeled the 'Unstoppable' trailer as 'spam,' 'scam,' and deceptive! We did it once, we can do it again."
Cameron's new Christian-themed film will premiere September 24.