Producers for the upcoming film "The
Trump Prophecy," which was produced in part by Liberty
University students, say their attempts to place ads on
Facebook promoting the movie were blocked for weeks by
the social media platform until their situation was
reported in the media last week.
A Facebook representative told The
Christian Post Thursday that it never barred ReelWorks
Studios from placing ads on its website but only
prevented ads that didn't have political disclosures
from being active, a claim that the studio strongly
The film, which is being released in
October, highlights the story of a retired firefighter
who claims God told him in 2011 that Donald Trump would
one day become president and impact U.S. relations with
The Facebook representative asserted
that the reason why ReelWorks Studios and its CEO, Rick
Eldridge, were unable to initially promote their film
with paid ads on Facebook was because they didn't
initially check a box when submitting the advertising
proposals that called for a political disclosure to be
presented when the ad is displayed.
However, a spokesperson for the
studio shot back at Facebook's explanation.The
spokesperson told CP that it wasn't until after Fox News
ran an article last Thursday about how the ads were
blocked on Facebook for being "political" that the
promoters of the film were presented with the option to
check a box for political disclosure.
"Right after the FoxNews.com article
posted, a brand new option in our ad manager showed up.
It asked us to check check a box that said: 'This ad
contains political content,'" she said. "Though our ads
are not political, we have had to check that box every
time we run an ad that has the word 'Trump' in it
because of their new policy. As far as our 'submitting
the ads wrong,' our team did it exactly what it has done
for the past 10 years."
"The process only changed after the FoxNews.com article
ran," she contested. "All in all, Facebook disapproved
six different ad sets with a total of approximately 40
She told CP that it took weeks for Facebook to respond
to their complaints about their advertisements submitted
in May. It wasn't until after the Fox News article that
the organization was finally able to get a sustained ad
campaign launched on the platform.
In a statement, the Facebook spokesperson explained that
because the ads, the film and the film's website all
feature the president's name or image, it required
disclosure under Facebook's political ad policy.
Essentially, the political disclosure means that a
statement is featured along with the ad that would say
something like: "paid for by [company's name]."
"To run this ad, the person running the ad simply
needs to select the checkbox to add the political
disclosure label," the spokesperson wrote in an
email. "You'll notice that the film's page is running
several ads successfully that do include the
Facebook's new rules on disclosures for "political ads,"
which were discussed last year, were fully rolled out
late last month, after ReelWorks initially tried to
promote their ads.
Facebook's ad policy states that any "political" ad
must go through authorization process in which page
administrators must submit their government-issued ID in
order to be verified. The verification is confirmed
through a letter mailed to administrators' addresses
that contain a special access code that only the
administrator's Facebook account can use.
Facebook deems as an ad with political content any ad
that is "made by, on behalf of or about a current or
former candidate for public office, a political party, a
political action committee or advocates for the outcome
of an election to public office."
"It's not President Trump's name specifically. It could
be any candidate (former or current) of any party that
would qualify the ad under this policy," the
Facebook representative explained.
The 85-minute film was worked on by dozens of Liberty
University students and staff as part of the Virginia
Christian school's cinematic arts department's spring
semester film project. The film will be screened at over
1,000 theatres in October.
"The name 'Trump' requires a reaction," Eldridge
told Fox News. "Unfortunately, people try to come up
with a conclusion before they know what the story is
about. We're not doing political ads but that's what
we're being accused [of]."
Mark Taylor, the man behind the prophecy, is the
co-author of the book The Trump Prophecies: The
Astonishing True Story of the Man Who Saw Tomorrow...
and What He Says Is Coming Next.
The movie's director, Stephan Schultze, who heads
Liberty's cinematic arts department, told Fox News that
the movie is less about Trump than it is about the
"events that occurred leading up to the [2016
As previously reported, the film aims to show the
audience how a movement of prayer helped pave the way
for the Trump presidency.
"I hope it reflects an understanding that when people
come together in prayer, how valuable that is not only
for the people that are praying but for what they are
praying for," Schultze, a veteran of the film
industry, told CP in May.
Schultze added that from his perspective, the movie and
Liberty University's involvement in it doesn't have "anything
to do with any agenda related to supporting or not
Although not featured in the film, Taylor is also known
for other, more questionable claims. Taylor said last
year that he believes that Trump will release cures for
serious diseases like Alzheimer's in his second term and
that former President Barack Obama will be charged with
treason and imprisoned.
Taylor also believes that the Trump presidency shows
that "God has denied the enemy's timeline" and
that God is using Trump to move "God's agenda across
Some have compared Trump to ancient Persian King Cyrus
from the book of Isaiah and others have compared the
president to King Nebuchadnezzar, who led his forces to
The film project comes as Liberty University President
Jerry Falwell Jr. has been one of Trump's most loyal
As dozens of Liberty University students worked on the
production and will be featured in the credits, some in
the Liberty University community have voiced their
opposition to the project.
Over 2,100 people have signed onto a Change.org petition
against the cinematic arts department's involvement in
"This movie could reflect very poorly on all Liberty
students and Liberty University as a whole," the
petition states. "Mark Taylor claims to have received
prophecies directly from God that do not align with the
Bible's message. Please support this petition if you
think Liberty University should focus on reflecting
God's message rather than Mark Taylor's message."
Facebook and other social media companies have been
scrutinized by religious conservatives who feel that the
tech giants are biased against their points of view and
unfairly censor their promotions.
Earlier this year, Facebook banned paid ads for a
pro-life film critical of Planned Parenthood that was
produced by the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Alveda
King. However, Facebook later lifted the ban on the
film's advertisements and said that the film had
originally been "disapproved in error and was
correctly approved upon appeal."
In addition to repeated uproars from Christian
conservatives, Facebook has also received heat from
activists and promoters on the left side of the
political and theological aisle as well, who feel as
though they have been censored too.
Since before the days of the early
church, God has always been addressed in
prayers as a male, including terms like
Father, King, and Lord. In the New
Testament, Jesus taught his disciples to
pray to God using a male term. In Luke
11:1-4, one of the disciples asked Jesus
to teach them how to pray.
The secretive globalist group
Bilderberg held its annual gathering at
the five-star Torino Lingotto Congress
resort in Turin, Italy, June 7-10. This
writer and several activists from groups
like We Are Change were actively
covering the weekend confab, though
anti-Bilderberg protests were nearly
nonexistent and mainstream media
coverage appears to have been the
leanest itís been in several years.