On Sunday night, as I was approving some comments that fell into the spam catch in one of my Google Plus communities and was also adding a "nickname," I then moved on to read some comments and replied to one. When I tried to reply to a Protestant pastor, I got the message that my post cannot be posted. I found that odd. I figured it was the G+ app that was buggy. When I logged on the PC, I got the message that my account was locked. I was confused. So I went to the email associated with the account and saw that google sent me an email claiming that I was posting commercial content which is not true.
I replied to them stating that trolls pretending to be atheists had vowed to falsely report me and that I did nothing wrong In the reply, I included screenshots as proof which is right above. Later on, I got an email stating that there was a problem with the name I provided. The email asked me to either update my name or provide information on it. I replied with information on my pen name "Sacerdotus" and explained why I use it. Expecting all to be resolved, I checked again and no reply. I emailed a few more times, a nothing.
Next, I decided to file an appeal using the link Google provides and received an email stating that I was in violation of their policies and had to remove "offending content."
As you can see in the video below, my content is religious with a few reshares from Science organizations. In fact, my last "offending content" posted was me praying the Liturgy of the Hours and my reflection for the readings on the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time. Clearly, Google has a problem with religious speech.
I contacted the Catholic Lawyer's Guild but am hoping a lawyer who reads this post can contact me and help me pro bono. I think Google needs to be sued for discrimination against Catholics/Religious accounts. Also, it is not fair that they have an issue with my pen name "Sacerdotus," but do not take action against troll accounts using names such as, "Bacon Pope," or "Ellif D. Wulfe" which are not real names.
Moreover, Google has ignored my complaints about abusive trolls who impersonate me, harass me on a daily basis and threaten me. It looks as if Google lacks a moral compass and see this as acceptable while classifying prayer and religious reflections on Mass readings as "offending content" triggering suspension Now, my account says that it is suspended. Here is the video I captured using Windows' 10 screen recording tool for Xbox.
As you can see, I show my profile and the content I post It is religious in nature with a few reshares of science related articles. I then show my activity log on Google Plus. As you can see there, my posts are not abusive nor offensive. They are religious in nature. Lastly, I show the emails I received and what I sent to them. Watch the video and see for yourself that I am not making this up, nor exaggerating. I am hoping people of all faiths will storm Google with protest just like conservatives did for @Nero (Milo). One of my Twitter friends is also getting Beitbart to cover this situation. It is an affront to religious freedom and the Constitution.
Please contact Google to protest:
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy,
Mountain View, CA 94043
Here are tweets showing how I have tried to reach out for help from Google employees and Google ignored.
Why doesn't Google do anything about abusive accounts and harassing blogs? Reports get ignored. No action is taken. @yonatanzunger— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) August 9, 2015
@Sacerdotus We take things down all the time. No idea about any particular case you may be thinking about.— (((Yonatan Zunger))) (@yonatanzunger) August 10, 2015
I posted the blogger links containing libel, abuse and harassment here:http://t.co/7KAD74zMct @yonatanzunger— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) August 10, 2015
There are also Google+ accounts who engage in abuse. Reports against them are ignored. They continue their abuse. @yonatanzunger— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) August 10, 2015
Sorry to bug, but I would really appreciate if you can help me or forward me to someone at Google re: cyber harassment . @yonatanzunger— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) August 21, 2015
Here is a screen shot of what I received today on Google +. There many more accounts like this. @yonatanzunger pic.twitter.com/5te7FjD3sx— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) August 10, 2015
@yonatanzunger I need your help ASAP regarding Google/Googleplus. Please DM me.— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) August 22, 2016
@Sacerdotus I haven't been on that team in over a year, so the odds aren't good that I can help.— (((Yonatan Zunger))) (@yonatanzunger) August 22, 2016
@yonatanzunger I complained to Google about trolls targeting me and nothing has been done. Today Google suspended me due to false reports.— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) August 22, 2016
@yonatanzunger How is it they can be successful getting Google's attention and those targeted by them are ignored? It's not fair.— Sacerdotنs (@Sacerdotus) August 22, 2016
UPDATE: This is the message that comes out now. They claim my name violates their policy, yet they keep "Annoying Orange," "American Scientist," etc up. Clearly, they are discriminating. Why does "Sacerdotus" violate their name policy and not the aforementioned or the many troll accounts out there using fake names?