The Liberty County Vindicator, a local Texas newspaper, decided recently to post the Declaration of Independence in twelve daily bite-sized chunks so that people would read it.
But one of the bite-sized chunks was too much for Facebook to swallow. According to the Vindicator:
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 by that notorious hater and overall monster Thomas Jefferson appears to have been this complaint against George III:
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.
Is the statement true? Was it true then? It doesn’t matter. You don’t call Indians savages, you don’t call them merciless, and also, you don’t call them Indians. They’re Native Americans.
It appears Jefferson ran afoul of numerous laws of political correctness. And for that, he was duly corrected.
Facebook eventually backtracked, telling the Vindicator, which at first couldn’t get a response:
It looks like we made a mistake and removed something you posted on Facebook that didn’t go against our Community Standards. 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.
Facebook and Google now decide what is acceptable speech. That’s a lot of power.