Facebook yanks Palin post after lefties complain, then apologizes

July 23, 2010 06:23

Be sure to watch the Michele Malkin videos about You Tube’s selective banning of conservative videos at the bottom of this Hot Air post.

by Allahpundit at Hot Air

I’m surprised and not surprised. Not surprised because using “flagging” widgets on social media behemoths like YouTube to silence one’s ideological opponents has been happening for years. Surprised because the people responsible for this can’t seriously have believed that Facebook would pull the plug on a post written by the one person who, more than any other, has made FB politically relevant. It’d be like YouTube yanking an Obama video.

Sarah Palin’s attack on plans to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center vanished from Facebook amid an online campaign to brand it “hate speech.”

Neither Facebook nor Palin’s camp was immediately sure what happened, but automated systems for reporting abuse have been used effectively in the past to take aim at political speech. Palin’s note now contains a footnote saying the original was “somehow unintentionally deleted by mistake or technical glitch.”


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