Facebook Apologizes To Franklin Graham, Restores Account And "Bathroom Bill" Post
After being suspended from Facebook for 24 hours, evangelist and Samaritan's Purse president Franklin Graham was issued an apology by the social media platform's staff and his offending post, a 2-year-old post regarding North Carolina's controversial HB2 "bathroom bill," was restored.
It is still unknown why such an old and obscure post of Graham's was targeted for censorship. The post primarily focused on musician Bruce Springsteen's cancellation of a North Carolina tour date in the wake of The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, a bill that required people to only use restrooms and changing facilities in government buildings which correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.
Last week I was banned from posting on @Facebook for 24 hrs because of a 2016 post about NC’s House Bill 2 (bathroom bill). They said the post went against their “community standards on hate speech.” Facebook is making & changing the rules. 1/2 https://t.co/HYIgErnp3J
In response to Springsteen's comment that HB2 was a step "backwards instead of forwards", Graham declared, "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," Graham's 2016 post continued. "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."
For whatever reason, the post was left alone for two years until December 2018, when Facebook abruptly took it down and suspended Graham from the website. "Facebook has a secret rulebook for policing speech," he said. "I was banned from posting on Facebook last week for 24 hours."
"Facebook said the post went against their 'community standards on hate speech,'" Graham continued. "Facebook is trying to define truth."
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.@Facebook is censoring free speech. They’re making & changing the rules. Truth is truth. God made the rules & His Word is truth. The free exchange of ideas is part of our country’s DNA. You can read the post that Facebook took down last week here: 2/2 https://t.co/SIbgivZjTo
"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," he declared. "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."
Two days after the incident, however, Facebook issued Graham an apology and reinstated his account and his 2016 post.
I thank @Facebook for their apology and I accept it. All truth is in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” I would encourage all Christians—as well as Facebook—to stand on God’s Word and His truth. pic.twitter.com/rgEsOZna3C