Facebook apologizes for banning Christian evangelist Franklin Graham for 24 hours

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San Francisco, Dec 30 : After being accused of censoring free speech, Facebook has apologised for banning a Christian evangelist in the US .

Evangelist Franklin Graham was banned from posting on Facebook for 24 hours last week.

Graham was mistakenly banned from the site due to the contents of a post he shared in 2016 for violating a company policy banning “dehumanizing language” and excluding people based on factors like sexual orientation and race.

Calling the decision to ban Franklin Graham for a 2016 post, Facebook has restored the post, The Charlotte Observer reported on Saturday.

Graham said he was banned for a post about North Carolina’s House Bill 2, also known as the bathroom bill.

Facebook said the post went against their “community standards on hate speech.”

In his 2016 post, Graham targeted singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen for canceling a North Carolina concert because of House Bill 2.

“He says the NC law #HB2 to prevent men from being able to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms is going ‘backwards instead of forwards,'” Graham said in his 2016 post, referring to Springsteen.

“Well, to be honest, we need to go back! Back to God. Back to respecting and honouring His commands.”

In a Facebook post on Friday, Graham accused the social network of “trying to define truth” and “censoring free speech”.

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