Facebook Temporarily Suspends Account of Billy Graham’s Son Franklin Graham

Last week the unthinkable happened in the world of tech giants. They literally suspended the account of Franklin Graham. The son of legendary pastor and pastor to the Presidents Billy Graham.

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Wait, now read that again.. They literally suspended a ministers account.

The spokesperson said that Graham was mistakenly banned from the site due to the contents of a post he shared in 2016 that was flagged for violating a company policy banning “dehumanizing language” and excluding people based on factors like sexual orientation and race.

The spokesperson went on to say that the mistake was made by the company’s content review team, which is comprised of 15,000 members. The company has since restored Graham’s account and the post in question.

Facebook has said it will also apologize to the administrator of Graham’s Facebook page, according to the spokesperson.

Graham made this response on his Facebook page to the suspension.

Well, now we know. Facebook has a secret rulebook for policing speech. I was banned from posting on Facebook last week for 24 hours. Why? Because of a post from back in 2016 about North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (the bathroom bill). Facebook said the post went against their “community standards on hate speech.” Facebook is trying to define truth. There was a character in a movie a few years back who said, “The truth is what I say it is!” That’s what Facebook is trying to do. They’re making the rules and changing the rules. Truth is truth. God made the rules and His Word is truth. Actually, Facebook is censoring free speech. The free exchange of ideas is part of our country’s DNA.
Since Facebook took down the 2016 post last week, I’ll copy it here so you can read it for yourself. Do you see any hate speech here?

April 9, 2016— “Bruce Springsteen, a long-time gay rights activist, has cancelled his North Carolina concert. 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. Mr. Springsteen, a nation embracing sin and bowing at the feet of godless secularism and political correctness is not progress. 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! HB2 protects the safety and privacy of women and children and preserves the human rights of millions of faith-based citizens of this state.”
A news link to a Washington Post article was also shared with the post.

After they UN-suspended his account and apologized, Graham made this statement on Twitter.

There is no question that big tech is targeting conservative accounts. You don’t see accounts like Alyssa Milano, Tom Arnold, Keith Olbermann, Kathy Griffin, who constantly violate rules of these platforms attacking President Trump and conservative media. Those accounts are given a free pass because after all, their liberal.

Matt Couch is the founder of America First Media & Investigations and the CEO of the D.C. Chronicle News Group. Follow Matt on Twitter @RealMattCouch

 

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