[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/22/art.palinfb0722.fb.jpg caption="Social networking giant Facebook said Thursday that it is investigating the deletion of a post by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin."]
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.
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."