Evangelist Franklin Graham sparked so much outrage by revealing his 24-hour ban from Facebook that the social media giant scrambled to write it off as a “mistake” and actually apologized to Graham’s Facebook administrator.
Graham’s ban last week for a 2016 post supporting anti-transgender bathroom legislation — which Facebook deemed “hate speech” — even made it onto Fox News, with the evangelist planning to appear on the cable network Sunday morning at 9:20 AM.
So now we know what it takes for Silicon Valley to actually back down in the face of pressure. These tech giants just learned an important lesson: Don’t mess with the Christian Right. And definitely do not mess with Billy Graham’s son.
Look at this amazing passage from The Hill: “The representative went on to say that the mistake was made by the company’s content review team – which is comprised of 15,000 members – and that the company has since restored Graham’s account and the post in question. The company has said it will also apologize to the administrator of Graham’s Facebook page, according to the spokesperson.”
Silicon Valley evidently now understands that they are not God.
Being able to delete other people’s words and ideas — a power wielded by the “content review team” — must be an exhilarating high. Good for Franklin Graham for refusing to be bullied.
Graham wrote on Facebook:
“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.”
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