July 22nd, 2010
12:59 PM ET
13 years ago

Facebook investigating deletion of Palin post

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Washington (CNN) – Social networking giant Facebook said Thursday that it is investigating the deletion of a post by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin that sounded off about plans for a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.

Facebook is looking into "this incident to determine why and how the content in question was removed," spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement provided to CNN.

Later: Facebook sorry for Palin post snafu

Palin re-posted the Facebook "note" Thursday morning. In the re-posted version, Palin responds to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who was, in turn, responding to earlier comments by Palin about the planned mosque.

"No one is disputing that America stands for – and should stand for – religious tolerance. It is a foundation of our republic," Palin writes in the re-posted version of her Facebook note.

"This is not an issue of religious tolerance but of common moral sense. To build a mosque at Ground Zero is a stab in the heart of the families of the innocent victims of those horrific attacks."

Palin added, "Many Americans, myself included, feel it would be an intolerable and tragic mistake to allow such a project sponsored by such an individual to go forward on such hallowed ground. This is nothing close to 'religious intolerance,' it's just common decency."

The re-posted note ends by informing readers: "The original post of this statement (on July 20, 2010) was somehow unintentionally deleted by mistake or technical glitch."

Facebook allows users to report violations of the site's terms of service, including content which users believe is racist or hate speech.

Although Facebook has yet to complete its investigation of the original post's deletion, Noyes said that the site strives to balance being a platform for dialogue and a respectful environment.

"We want Facebook to be a place where people can openly discuss issues and express their views while respecting the rights and feelings of others," Noyes said in another statement to CNN. "The goal of our policies is to strike a very delicate balance between giving people the freedom to express their opinions and viewpoints – even those that may be controversial to some – and maintaining a safe and trusted environment."

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Now if we could just delete Sarah Palin.....

    July 22, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. James, Brooklyn

    It was deleted in refudiation.

    July 22, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Bob(Illinois)

    Palin is a small-minded, big mouth nitwit.

    July 22, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Patrick

    I may not agree with anything else Palin has to say, but I agree with her on this.

    July 22, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Brad

    Allah is messing with Sarah's head . . .

    July 22, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Scott

    Can we make Sister Stupid disappear while we are at it?

    July 22, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. cd

    She does realize that there were muslims who died on 9/11... U.S. citizens who worked in the Twin Towers and died that day as they collapsed... right? no, wait she doesn't realize that becuase she's an idiot.

    July 22, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Delete the Post

    It's hate speech and religious intolerance from a know nothing quitter/bigot.

    July 22, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Seveen

    Facebook deletes posts all the time!

    July 22, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Ralph

    I understand Palin's stance here, but I think we are missing the bigger point by being obstenant. True, the 9/11 attacks were the direct result of Islamic extremism. I can understand that building a Mosque at the site might stir negative emotions of those directly or even indirectly affected by the events. However, at the same time, what would it say if we said, "Sure, go ahead and build your mosque right there. That is America. Freedom, tolerance, acceptance and respect"? The muslim world would turn, look at us and marvel. They would gain a newfound respect for us as a people. And I would imagine that the teachings at the mosque would point out that the holy site is built upon the ground where the very worst of their religion took the words of God and turned them into a weapon of hate and malice in an act of gross indecency. That those that fell their should be honored and respected within those very walls of that mosque. That is what I would like to see. Or perhaps make the site a relgious mecca. make it a meeting place for all religions to discuss their differences and celebrate their similarities. So many chances to turn this positive and all people can do is bicker over the smaller picture. I often wonder how such closed-minded people are given audience. Why do we listen to them? There are people far more eloquent, with far more insight into the greater scheme of the world. Out politicians are, to put it bluntly, rarely among these people. They see things as they fall along party lines. They don't simply sit down and view each problem and decision as an entity unto itself. Rather than catering to a generic base of constituents which to me makes everything they say just talking points instead of actual thought-out opinions.

    July 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Peter E

    With all the extreme (both right and left) hate groups that keep popping up on facebook, I'm sure that a has-been loser's note (that is essentially just a regurgitation of pundit talking points... as always!) is the most important consideration about keeping the website clean...

    July 22, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Craig

    Here she goes again babbling incoherently without command of the facts. Ah, Ms. Palin;
    1. It is not a mosque, it is a cultural center.
    2. It is not at ground zero, but 2 blocks away.
    3. It is designed to raise awareness of the Muslim faith and foster inter-faith dialogue – noble objectives.

    Palin and fellow conservatives stand naked and damned for their hypocrisey and bigotry in condemning an entire religion for the actions of the 9-11 terrorists. "Common moral sense." Excuse me, what type on non-descript nonsense is that? Trying to obscure bigotry in the guise of moral impetus is despicable.

    I would remind Ms. Palin and her right wing zelots to read their history books. Western historical texts and accounts clearly detail the 100s of thousands of Jews, Muslims, pagans, indigenous tribes and fellow Christian that have been tortured and/or murdered by the Christian church. These accounts cannot be denied or disputed. They are a sad commentary of man's capacity to pervert the revealed word of God.

    So I ask, do I and my Christian faith stand condemned along with my fellow Christians for the actions of the historic church and its fanatics?
    I think not. America must reject politicians such as Palin who twist faith and morality with an insidious demogoguery.

    July 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    Gov Palin, Muslims who worked at the World Trade Center or were emergency responders (police officers, firefighters, EMTs) died on 9/11. Also Muslim passengers who had nothing to do with hijacking died too when the planes hit World Trade Center, The Pentagon and on United 93,

    July 22, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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