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Jul 06 2018

Facebook Blocks Declaration of Independence as Hate Speech

The Vindicator found an apt way to honor the 4th of July this year. However, Facebook didn’t appreciate it:

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.”

It was almost certainly this paragraph that alarmed Facebook’s robotic censors:

“[King George III] 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.”

“Dances with Wolves” hadn’t come out yet in Thomas Jefferson’s time. He couldn’t know that it would one day be politically mandatory to pretend that the Stone Age savages who constituted a daily mortal threat to men, women, and children were actually angelic beings capable only of goodness. This is one more reason for college moonbats to target the Declaration’s author as a thought criminal in their war on American heritage.

The Vindicator suggests that Jefferson should have replaced “merciless Indian savages” with “Native Americans at a challenging stage of cultural development” so as to meet with Facebook’s approval.

The Vindicator hesitated to put up any more parts of the Declaration, lest Facebook find them offensive and ban its page altogether. But in the face of negative publicity, Facebook restored the blocked content. The Vindicator was vindicated.

The appropriate lesson was learned: do not become reliant on Facebook.

On tips from 1-Bodhisattva and TCS III.




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