Facebook and Instagram announced they would be taking steps to remove content promoting conversion therapy on their platforms and some conservatives are complaining that their free speech is being violated.
“We don’t allow attacks against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity and are updating our policies to ban the promotion of conversion therapy services,” said Instagram’s public policy director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Tara Hopkins.
But, as ‘LGBTQ Nation’ reports, conversion therapy practitioners say that they’re the victims of the social media giant’s policy. Christopher Doyle, the executive director of the Virginia-based Institute for Healthy Families, said that the ban on conversion therapy content is an “assault on free speech and religious liberty.”
“While the company claims they are taking this action to prevent discrimination towards the LGBT community, the real people they are hurting are those who experience unwanted sexual and gender identity conflicts and are seeking options for healing and ethical, licensed therapy,” he said.
He said that he doesn’t believe that his practice includes conversion therapy, but that he has patients with “unwanted sexual and gender identity conflicts” who “feel discriminated against.”
Tony Perkins of the anti-LGBT+ hate group Family Research Council said in a statement that Facebook is “beholden to the far-Left.”
“Everyone is entitled to information, Facebook has argued. Except, maybe, people struggling with their sexuality,” the statement said. “Mark Zuckerberg’s platform, along with its subsidiary Instagram, may be trying to keep those hurting users from getting the information they’re looking for.”
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