Facebook Rescinds Ban On Evangelist Franklin Graham Post And Apologizes

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Social media giant Facebook has apologized to evangelist Franklin Graham for its 24-hour ban related to his 2016 post on North Carolina’s controversial law that restricted same-sex bathroom use, among other issues.

A member of Facebook’s content review team banned Graham, the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, because the post was determined to violate Facebook’s policy on “dehumanizing language” and excluding people based on sexual orientation, race and other factors.

Graham’s 2016 post focused on Bruce Springsteen canceling a North Carolina concert because of the state’s House Bill 2, which reversed a local Charlotte ordinance that had extended some rights to people who are gay or transgender, including accommodation in public rest rooms.

The 2016 Nc state law also eliminated local ordinances statewide that expanded protections for lesbians and gays, bisexual and transgender persons. The General Assembly later passed a compromise bill repealing House Bill 2 but restricting anti-discrimination ordinances across the state,
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