Facebook’s Algorithm: Declaration Of Independence Is “Hate Speech”

You read that right, Facebook’s algorithm targeted a Declaration of Independence post on the Fourth of July this year and marked it as “hate speech.”

For a while now, Facebook believes itself to be the people’s mother and father, sanitizing their platform for the masses so that they let through only things they approve of rather than allowing free speech.

Obviously, everyone has heard of the specific targeting of conservative Facebook pages, but Facebook is even more sinister in its algorithms.

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The latest example comes by way of The Vindicator.

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Casey Stinnett, the managing editor at The Vindicator, wrote about hos Facebook labeled his post as “hate speech.”

Somewhere in paragraphs 27-31 of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson wrote something that Facebook finds offensive.

Leading up to Independence Day, The Vindicator challenged its Facebook followers to read the Declaration of Independence. To make it a little easier to digest that short but formidable historic document, the newspaper broke the Declaration down into 12 small bites and one to post each morning from June 24 to July 4.

The first nine parts posted as scheduled, but part 10, consisting of paragraphs 27-31 of the Declaration, did not appear. Instead, The Vindicator received a notice from Facebook saying that the post “goes against our standards on hate speech.”

Facebook’s notice then asked The Vindicator to review the contents of its page and remove anything that does not comply with Facebook’s policies.

The offending passage of the Declaration reads as follows:

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.

From a screenshot, here’s how Facebook responded to his post.

“Only you can see this post because it goes against our standards on hate speech,” Facebook wrote.

To be fair, Stinnett did try to come to a rational conclusion as to why Facebook may have labeled his post “hate speech.”

He suspects that because his post included “Indian Savages,” that was the reason for the actions of Facebook.

Eventually, as complaining about the restriction of the post, Facebook acknowledged it has misapplied their community standards.

“It looks like we made a mistake and removed something you posted on Facebook that didn’t go against our Community Standards,” Facebook responded.  “We want to apologize and let you know that we’ve restored your content and removed any blocks on your account related to this incorrect action.”

One thing The Vindicator did acknowledge was this: “While unhappy with Facebook’s action, the editor reminds readers that Facebook is a business corporation, not the government, and as such it is allowed to restrict use of its services as long as those restrictions do not violate any laws. Plus, The Vindicator is using Facebook for free, so the newspaper has little grounds for complaint other than the silliness of it.”

That’s absolutely true, and this is why we complain loudly though because businesses need money and if they want to go full Naxi censorship on everyone, then those who are spending money with Facebook may decide to voice their dissatisfaction by not spending any money with them.

Stinnett then concluded his post with “This is frustrating, but your editor is a historian, and to enjoy the study of history a person must love irony. It is a very great irony that the words of Thomas Jefferson should now be censored in America.”

Indeed it is, but this won’t be the last time they are censored, rest assured.

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