connectVideoFacebook apologises after the temporary ban of Reverend Franklin Graham
Reverend Graham responds.
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham accepted Facebook’s apology and suggested the social network comes with a default based on “God’s word” after the tech company wrongfully banned him for 24 hours, the past week about a 2016 post about HB2, North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill.”
“I was defending our governor and the state on HB2. It was a good law. If you do not agree with [Facebook’s] position on sexual orientation, you can be classified as incitement to hatred,” said Graham in an exclusive interview on “Fox & Friends” Sunday.
In a post on his Facebook page, Graham said the social network is “defining the truth. They make the rules and the rules change. Truth is truth. God made the rules and His Word is the truth. Actually, Facebook is censoring free speech. The free exchange of ideas is a part of our country’s DNA.”
A Facebook spokesman told Fox News, in 2016, the message is deleted by an error after a 15,000 content moderators decided that the breach of the tech giant’s ban on “dehumanizing language.” The post and Graham’s page have since been restored.
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“I accept Facebook’s apology, and I appreciate them stepping up and to do that,” Graham said, but he wondered why the tech giant would censure such an old post. “I think it was just really a personal attack on me.”
Facebook came under fire late last week after one of its employees leaked more than 1,000 pages of documents in which the content moderation policy and how the policy discourse on a global scale. Critics have said that the company has too much power and has made mistakes in determining whether something is hate speech or part of a country’s regular dialogue.
Franklin Graham was unjustly banned for the 24 hours of Facebook about a 2016 post.
“Facebook is a private company and they can do what they want,” Graham explains. “But [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg said: Facebook is a platform for all the ideas. I encourage Facebook to have a standard that is not moving. They just need to come up with a standard based on God’s word, which is true for all people everywhere.”
Facebook, that to moderate billions of posts per day, defines hate as a direct attack on the people, based on what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, nationality, religious belief, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, sexual identity, and serious illness or disability. We also offer a number of protections for immigration status. We define attack as a violent or degrading speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation.”
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“[Facebook] is a platform for all ideas,” Graham told “Fox and Friends” Sunday. “I’m against hatred, I’m against people who are using Facebook to incite violence against someone, that’s terrible.”
In his original April 9, 2016, post, including a link to a Washington Post story, Graham wrote:
Bruce Springsteen, a long time gay rights activist, has cancelled his North Carolina concert. He says that the NC law #HB2 to prevent people from being able to use the women’s toilets and changing rooms going “backwards instead of forward.” Well, to be honest, we need to go back! Back to God. Back to the respect and reverence for His commandments. Back to common sense. Mr. Springsteen, a people, the embrace of the sin and bow at the feet of the wicked secularism, and political correctness is no progress. I am grateful to North Carolina has a governor, Pat McCrory, and lieutenant governor, Dan Forest, and the legislature that the safety of our women and children first! HB2 protects the privacy and safety of women and children, and preserves the human rights of millions of faith-based citizens of this state.”
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Graham told “Fox and Friends” Sunday that his followers should dare to express on Facebook: “As Christians, we do not back down and step away from what we do. I would encourage Facebook to stand on the word of God.”
In March 2016, North Carolina’s General Assembly passed HB2, which reversed a Charlotte ordinance that extended some rights to people who are gay or transgender.
Charlotte the ordinance allowed transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, but the HB2 eliminated local ordinances that expanded the protection of LGBT people. After a considerable amount of protest from the LGBT lawyers, and the clearance of the corporations threaten to pull their business out of North Carolina, a compromise law a year later and signed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to pull HB2, but still restrict anti-discrimination ordinances.
A Facebook spokesperson gave Fox News the following statement on Sunday:
“A admin Page for Franklin Graham’s Facebook Page has received, a 24-hour function block after we removed a post for violating our hate policy. In the review of this content it is provided that the post does not violate our hate policy and has recovered.”