Facebook Apologizes After Banning Franklin Graham for ‘Hate Speech’

Social media site had removed post from 2016 about North Carolina’s ‘transgender bathroom’ law…

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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Facebook apologized to evangelist Franklin Graham on Dec. 29 after removing one of his posts and banning him from posting for 24 hours.

Someone on Facebook’s content review team — a group of about 15,000 members — decided to remove a 2016 post for “dehumanizing language” that discriminates against people on the basis of “sexual orientation, race, and other factors,” the Charlotte Observer reported.

After review, however, a Facebook spokesperson said the decision to remove Graham’s post and ban his account were both mistakes.

Graham posted on Facebook on Dec. 28 after the ban was lifted.

“[Facebook’s] making the rules and changing the rules. Truth is truth. God made the rules and His Word is truth,” Graham wrote. “Actually, Facebook is censoring free speech. The free exchange of ideas is part of our country’s DNA.”

The 2016 post, which has been restored, is about North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the transgender bathroom bill.

“Bruce Springsteen, a long-time gay rights activist, has cancelled his North Carolina concert,” Graham wrote on April 9, 2016. “He says the NC law #HB2 to prevent men from being able to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms is going ‘backwards instead of forwards.’ Well, to be honest, we need to go back! Back to God. Back to respecting and honoring His commands. Back to common sense.”

House Bill 2 reversed an ordinance in Charlotte that allowed transgender “women” (biological males) to use female bathrooms, and vice versa.

Graham praised the passage of House Bill 2, saying it “protects the safety and privacy of women and children and preserves the human rights of millions.”

“Mr. Springsteen, a nation embracing sin and bowing at the feet of godless secularism and political correctness is not progress,” Graham wrote. “I’m thankful North Carolina has a governor, Pat McCrory, and a lieutenant governor, Dan Forest, and legislators who put the safety of our women and children first!”

After reposting his 2016 comments about HB2, Graham asked his readers “Do you see any hate speech here?”