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Facebook apologizes for banning USA preacher Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham. Photo courtesy: Getty Images/Stephen Chernin/Stringer.

By Our Reporter 

USA – Popular USA preacher and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Franklin Graham was banned from posting on Facebook for 24 hours, a spokesperson for the social media giant confirmed to Journalists on Saturday.

According to Fox News, the spokesperson said that Graham was banned from the site “by mistake” after one of its 15,000 content moderators decided that a post he shared in 2016 violated the tech giant’s ban on “dehumanizing language” and excluding people based on factors like sexual orientation and race. 

The social media giant has since restored Graham’s account and the post in question after issuing an apology.

“A Page admin for Franklin Graham’s Facebook Page did receive a 24-hour feature block after we removed a post for violating our hate speech policies. Upon re-reviewing this content, we identified that the post does not violate our hate speech policy and has been restored,” the spokesman said.

The son of late evangelist Billy Graham suggested that the social network should come up with a standard based on “God’s word.”

“I accept Facebook’s apology and I appreciate them stepping up and doing that,” Graham said, but he questioned why the tech giant would censure such an old post. “I think it was just really a personal attack towards me,” Graham told Fox News.

“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,” he added.

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