July 22nd, 2010
04:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Facebook apologizes for deletion of Palin post

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/22/art.palincu0722.gi.jpg caption="Social networking giant Facebook apologized Thursday over an automated system's deletion of a post by Sarah Palin."]
Washington (CNN) – Social networking site Facebook issued a bit of a mea culpa Thursday after a post by former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was deleted from the massive site.

In a statement given to CNN, Facebook said a "note" by Palin about her opposition to building a mosque near New York City's Ground Zero had been deleted by an automated system.

"The note in question did not violate our content standards but was removed by an automated system," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in the statement. "We're always working to improve our processes and we apologize for any inconvenience this caused."

After the original post was deleted, Palin re-posted the note Thursday morning.

Earlier: Facebook investigating deletion of Palin post

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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. 60s survivor

    I have nothing to say. she has her opinion. and I see she now stands against the freedom of religion in this country. just wondering what other freedoms she stands against.

    July 22, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Brian from NJ

    The funniest part about the whole Palin thing is that I remember hearing David Gergen stating how the MSM would go after her because they didn't like being "scooped" and being completely wrong about McCain's choice for running mate. This was before she was even introduced as the VP candidate... but I love her! If for no other reason then she drives liberals crazy... every story about her is like a new software virus being sent through every liberal's pc and it is hilarious watching these hypocrites call her names, wish her dead... and then say she is the one full of hate... too funny

    As far as the Mosque goes... someone please explain why the three major western religions feel the need to continually build their houses of worship right on top of each other or in a place they know will cause problems... all three claim to stand for peace so why is it that they need to constantly provocate each other like this... so stupid...

    July 22, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Larry

    If only the American people had a delete button to remove offensive people like the racist, bigoted Sarah Palin ... sigh

    If only .....

    July 22, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Jean

    I agree that ALL should champion free speech. Just like the right championed the Dixi Chicks-No wait they were crucified by the right. How about all those that spoke out against the war in Iraq, the right championed them-No wait, they were called traitors and some even suggested they should be investigated for speaking treasonous remarks. Sara Palin has the right to her idiotic postings, ranting, ravings. I will defend her right to say them. Sounds like Facebook made an honest mistake. As for Basmans comparison to Shirley Sherrod- well there is no comparison. If you have followed the story, Shirley Sherrod was (in typical right wing fashion) crucified by Fox Intertainment for what they THOUGHT she said. Not bothering to look at the forty minute speech, instead jumping on the bandwagon of the snipped/clipped manipulated portion the the jerk wanted Fox Intertainment to have. Even they had to reverse their rhetoric when they found out the whole story.

    July 22, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Don

    Exactly what hate is she "spewing". Disagree with the woman's politics but mention the woman's name and you people go absolutely rabid. It's ridiculous.

    July 22, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. AJ

    Now if they could just delete Sarah Palin...

    July 22, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Deval

    She was "refudiated"

    July 22, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Grog

    You should all be ashamed
    attacking poor Sarah.
    We should be nice to her, let me tell you why....

    Be right back i gotta go to da bafroom......

    July 22, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. lord help us

    Brian in NJ..you're just as retarded as your beloved Palin...

    look up the 1st and 14th amendment to the constitution before you spew your level of (or lack there of) education.

    July 22, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Joel in Dubuque

    And what did the post say? "Happiness is finding out from the tabloids that your daughter is getting married"? There's some parenting skills coming right back at ya!!!

    July 22, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Matt

    She probably did it herself to put herself back in the news as the 'victim' once again.

    July 22, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Palin Steenks

    I wish there was a "HIDE" button for anything regarding Palin.

    July 22, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Dave

    It is always republicans who get such treatment; don't guys of the democratic side have any sense of democracy!? Seems like we live in Venezuela or North Korea or something...

    July 22, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Sally

    I'd say the automated system got it right the first time.

    July 22, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |

    Facebook is like the MSM. They have an automated system that deletes all bad press about Dems and loony libs, as well as anything positive about or from conservatives and Republicans.

    July 22, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Grog

    Brian from New Jersey
    YOU ARE SO WRONG (chuckle)

    She doesnt drive us Libs crazy
    its just that she makes us laugh so hard
    we spit out our morning cereal.

    I dont find myself in fear of anybody
    stupid enough to compare themselves
    to Shakespear.
    The only way she gets into the white house is
    in the back of a delivery van hiding in a rug !

    July 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. lord help us

    For all those on the right who claim we "lefties" are spewing hatred it's because THIS is what YOU have to offer America..and quite frankly it's FRIGHTENING not because she's QUALIFIED...but the latter, she's NOT QUALIFIED TO BE IN ANY GOVERNMENT POSITION...let alone POTUS! it's frightening that you just out of spite would put a complete moron like this in charge. Then again, if I were a moron like you i'd want a moron leading me....you right wingers and yes, some of you indenpendents who are as about as sharp as a plastic knife just make my stomch churn.

    July 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Considering the history of Christianity, the Crusades, the damage done to countless native tribes around the world, the burning of innocents at the stake, etc., etc., Palin & her groupies are just showing their ignorance!

    IF George W. Bush REALLY wanted to retaliate for September 11th 2001, he would have invaded and attacked Saudi Arabia, whose nationals (all 9/11 terrorists were Saudi citizens) attacked us!

    However, the Conservatives (most of them) love to hate the Muslim and Islam. They have to hate someone or something in order to rally their minions! How pathetic to have hate, as your rallying cry GOP!

    Considering that 6 MILLION Jews were killed by the German Nazis, it would make sense for the Jewish people to hate ALL Germans, but they don't!

    Why is Palin upset about a Mosque near Ground Zero? Has Palin forgotten that we live, in a free society?

    July 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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