Social networking site Facebook issued a bit of a mea culpa Thursday after a post by former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was deleted from the massive site.As one who stumbles on to some pretty hateful postings on Facebook from time to time, I wondered just what Palin said in her post that got the Palin haters worked up and caught the attention of Facebook's censors. Here's what she wrote that some people complained about being hate speech:
In a statement given to CNN, Facebook said a "note" by Palin about her opposition to building a mosque near New York City's Ground Zero had been deleted by an automated system.
"The note in question did not violate our content standards but was removed by an automated system," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in the statement. "We're always working to improve our processes and we apologize for any inconvenience this caused."
After the original post was deleted, Palin re-posted the note Thursday morning.
"No one is disputing that America stands for – and should stand for – religious tolerance. It is a foundation of our republic."It seems we've reached a point in this country where the steady drumbeat of criticism directed at people of the Christian and Jewish faiths is simply an exercise of freedom of religion and freedom of speech. But let someone say anything, no matter how sensible, that just one person complains about as being intolerance directed at the Islamic faith, even if it is simply an exercise in social experimentation by a Palin hater who has nothing better to do, then those fundamental freedoms must give way to censorship.
"This is not an issue of religious tolerance but of common moral sense. To build a mosque at Ground Zero is a stab in the heart of the families of the innocent victims of those horrific attacks."
"Many Americans, myself included, feel it would be an intolerable and tragic mistake to allow such a project sponsored by such an individual to go forward on such hallowed ground. This is nothing close to 'religious intolerance,' it's just common decency."