Why Facebook Banned Leonard Sweet

godvertiser —  2009/10/02 — 8 Comments

Today, Facebook flipped the switch on Len Sweet. Apparently a “hater” reported one of Dr. Sweet’s Napkin Scribbles podcast links as “hostile.”

It goes to show you that the power of the press is certainly alive. It also shows how the Internet has democratized everything. The power of one can shut down a megaphone for Xtianity with one simple email. We are at the mercy of the Google’s, Facebook’s and Twitter’s of the world.


Perhaps it is time to see the power of P2P networks and figure out how ‘the people’ can harness it for syndicating content via our micro-blogging venues. But that’s a whole different blog post.

Because of this one hater report, his iTunes podcast landing page URL actually got onto some of the major URL blacklist / spam lists for ISPs within hours — and it will stay blocked via various means until they do a manual review to wipe it off. (for example, tinyurl.com won’t allow you to create a shortcut URL to it because it thinks it is malware now).

Well in the meantime, here’s the actual podcast that got Len Sweet banned from Facebook and other places. Sit back and enjoy some censored content right now:

We won’t know what the original report had an objection to, but can you find anything in this podcast that might be deemed offensive or hostile?  Leave a comment below.

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8 responses to Why Facebook Banned Leonard Sweet

  1. Teri Hyrkas 2009/10/03 at 4:42 PM

    Kenny – thanks for posting this. I was astonished to read that someone had considered this podcast as hostile! This is a podcast about finding light in a time of great darkness, as far as I can dertemine.
    I happened to be on facebook when Len connected via Twitter to explain the dilemma. Friends, the Person2Person network, began responding fast and furiously to counter the hostile action. Still, how many of us know the total count on the number of roadblocks thrown up? Glad you who are truly knowledgeable of the technical side of social media are aware of what happened.

  2. @Teri Hyrkas – Thanks for the comment. What is ironic is that in the move against Len Sweet's podcast, the person achieved the opposite since this specific audio recording is now probably one of Len's most listened to podcast episodes — surely all 4,000+ Facebook friends were made aware of this, not to mention his thousands of Twitter followers. I don't know Len's stats, but each Napkin Scribble episode is part of a stream of content which is continuously published. Singular episodes probably don't take a life of their own. But through this incident, this specific episode plus his podcast series itself got enormous exposure. I'm sure Len picked up a LOT of new subscribers after this week! Gotta love it.

  3. @kkcoolj -Great point! That's the kind of turn-about that someone like Sweet will appreciate. Reminds me of Gen 50:20 when Joseph tells his brothers "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done.."

  4. You wrote "here's the link to the podcast", but I don't see one

  5. @Dale, great that you found the podcast audio file. Len's podcast is also on iTunes store's iTunes U (there's an old series and a new one set-up under iTunes U — both free). Or you can go to http://www.leonardsweet.com for more content and another way to get to the podcast source on iTunes. Hope that helps!

  6. That's ridiculous — what a waste of time for Len and his team!
    I just quoted this particular podcast in my sermon this morning (http://www.OneLittleWord.org), without even knowing about all the controversy. Keep it up, Len. Preach the Gospel brother. Be the light you describe, no matter how dark the darkness gets!

  7. There are a host of other issues regarding Leonard Sweet.
    Richard Bennett, former Roman Catholic priest and James Sundquist just released and now on Youtube at:

    which contains a section on Sweet. A full report on Sweet will be coming out very soon.

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