It is no secret that Social Media King, Facebook, is not in favor of conservatives, especially since their purge after Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Appointment. But there was a precursor to that purge that should have warned us all of how Facebook really is.
July of 2018 Facebook Censorers did the unthinkable, they censored The Declaration of Independence claiming it was “Hate Speech.”
You read that right, America’s founding document that freed us from England, thereby creating the culture that would allow for a company like Facebook to be created was considered hateful.
The censoring happened to a Liberty, Texas Newspaper page. The “Vindicator” sends out the news to about 9000 people. They had a promotion where they were posting the Declaration of Independence in 12 daily installments leading up to Independence Day. It was supposed to be just a fun patriotic thing. But on day 10 they were notified that one of their posts violated Facebook’s policy on hate speech.
Here is the “hateful” passage written by none other than Thomas Jefferson.
“He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
“He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
“He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
“He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
They believe it is the part about the “merciless Indian Savages” that Facebook had a problem with.
The early colonialist were fighting with the Indians and were not on the best of terms. So it is completely understandable that Jefferson would feel this way.
The Vindicator did appeal the censoring and Facebook was quick to apologize. But still, they should have known better than to call any part of our founding documents “hate speech.” This incident combined with the purge just shows how biased the social site is.