Facebook yanks Palin post after lefties complain, then apologizes

posted at 7:05 pm on July 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m surprised and not surprised. Not surprised because using “flagging” widgets on social media behemoths like YouTube to silence one’s ideological opponents has been happening for years. Surprised because the people responsible for this can’t seriously have believed that Facebook would pull the plug on a post written by the one person who, more than any other, has made FB politically relevant. It’d be like YouTube yanking an Obama video.

Sarah Palin’s attack on plans to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center vanished from Facebook amid an online campaign to brand it “hate speech.”

Neither Facebook nor Palin’s camp was immediately sure what happened, but automated systems for reporting abuse have been used effectively in the past to take aim at political speech. Palin’s note now contains a footnote saying the original was “somehow unintentionally deleted by mistake or technical glitch.”

They looked into it and a Facebook spokesman responded:

“The note in question did not violate our content standards but was removed by an automated system. We’re always working to improve our processes and we apologize for any inconvenience this caused.”

She’s influential enough to have survived the sabotage attempt. Not everyone is. Below, as a treat for HA newbies and veterans alike, two Vents on this very subject from fall 2006. Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.


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Too funny.

First Amendment for me, but not for thee.

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Let me guess who complained the most

The Muslim community is angry that four extremely popular Islamic pages were removed from the site and the letter warns that unless its demands are met Facebook’s Muslim users will move to an Islamic alternative.

The letter demands not only that the pages are reinstated but that new rules are introduced which make it a violation of Facebook’s terms to post anti-Islamic comments.

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM

So, where was this spamming of the “Flag” button being coordinated?

Sekhmet on July 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Lefties love their lockstep, Borg-like, groupthink.

Inanemergencydial on July 22, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I am really not surprised.

hawkman on July 22, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Hat Air Vents, that seem like a hundred years ago.

lowandslow on July 22, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Ace quality html.

lorien1973 on July 22, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I see Allah has done the unthinkable, and posted a pic of Palin other than the winky one!

That is a good one, dude.

I like this one here, could be great for this particular subject, or maybe Obama. :)

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

I still miss them.

Esthier on July 22, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Those were the days…

d1carter on July 22, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

Hey, since you guys are under new ownership that has a lot of money, you guys should bring back Bethany….

ninjapirate on July 22, 2010 at 7:13 PM

The Muslim community is angry that four extremely popular Islamic pages were removed from the site and the letter warns that unless its demands are met Facebook’s Muslim users will move to an Islamic alternative.

There’s SO many jokes that can be made with that one.

teke184 on July 22, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

And ya used to have Bryan the Evangelical Christian blogging….. And when you finally got rid of him, you snagged a Catholic family man and were bought by Christian media company?

LOL. Allah the atheist can’t win!!!

picklesgap on July 22, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

Michelle doing that parody (or was it a parody?) of Amanda Marcotte will always be my fave HotAir Vent. ALWAYS.

SouthernGent on July 22, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I miss the Vent series…

Viper1 on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Did I miss open registration?

txag92 on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Stealth Jihad.

Disturb the Universe on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

They are using googles settings for China.
Blame the computer

seven on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Oh how I miss my daily dose of Vent with Michelle Malkin… or the weekly episodes of Jihad Watch with Robert Spencer… or when we all first fell in love with Mary Catherine Ham (or Bethany) during a guest hosting or two.

dahat on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

Hey you know what else I realized?

HotAir started in 2006 right?

SO HotAir has never experienced election night victory!!!

What’s our best “win”?

Scott Brown?

Chris Christie?

Jindal in 07?

Seriously….

picklesgap on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

FB might want to go two-tiered. Automatic flagging for the little-people with a process for appealing your removal.

For the big fish (like SP and other influential figures that are likely to get unfairly targeted) it should trigger a notice for a manual review.

That would help them avoid these embarrassing situations in the future.

JadeNYU on July 22, 2010 at 7:18 PM

At least she didn’t make Revolution Muslim’s hit list like I did.

Connie on July 22, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM

If I owned a bar, that poster would be above every urinal.
:-)

Fogpig on July 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM

A link to Ben Smith. Isn’t he part of the Journolist?

Disturb the Universe on July 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Holy flashback with the Vents!

I miss those…

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

Back when MTV showed music videos I think.

Facebook, obviously, should never have let this happen. Wow, two posts in a row I’m defending Palin. The planets are out of alignment perhaps.

JetBoy on July 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM

The Muslim community is angry that four extremely popular Islamic pages were removed from the site and the letter warns that unless its demands are met Facebook’s Muslim users will move to an Islamic alternative.

BurkaBook?

Guardian on July 22, 2010 at 7:20 PM

The Muslim community is angry that four extremely popular Islamic pages were removed from the site and the letter warns that unless its demands are met Facebook’s Muslim users will move to an Islamic alternative.

There’s SO many jokes that can be made with that one.

teke184 on July 22, 2010 at 7:13 PM

How about Burkabook?

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:21 PM

picklesgap on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Excuse me, but, I think I need to go stick my head in the oven now.

:(

JadeNYU on July 22, 2010 at 7:21 PM

BurkaBook?

Guardian on July 22, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Yes, it was an easy one.

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Hey you know what else I realized?

HotAir started in 2006 right?

SO HotAir has never experienced election night victory!!!

What’s our best “win”?

Scott Brown?

Chris Christie?

Jindal in 07?

Seriously….

picklesgap on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Alvin Green, America’s candidate.

portlandon on July 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Ah, Vents.

Michelle on a trampoline. The conservative version of The View. “All they are saying, is give jihad a chance”.

I miss them.

amerpundit on July 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM

I kind of miss the videos. I had hoped when the site first came out that people would be allowed to submit their own videos, they would be reviewed, and the best ones posted. Maybe a handful of videos per week from the peanut gallery would make it through the screen. But alas, it didn’t happen.

crosspatch on July 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM

The person responsible was a The Daily Beast contributor, Brian Ries. Wonder if he is part of the new JournoList?

lonestar1 on July 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM

picklesgap on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Yep. We’ve yet to be able to celebrate either a Congressional or presidential election victory together.

amerpundit on July 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Facebook… I’m glad they cover it here, because I see no pressing need to ever go on it…

Khun Joe on July 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM

How about Burkabook?

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:21 PM

MoTube

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM

If I owned a bar, that poster would be above every urinal.
:-)

Fogpig on July 22, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Ha.

That would make an awesome campaign poster.

So many caption possibilities.

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Facebook… I’m glad they cover it here, because I see no pressing need to ever go on it…

Khun Joe on July 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I agree with that. I don’t use it myself, because it is annoying most of the time.

I have Palin’s page bookmarked and visit frequently to see what she is doing, but that’s about it. I’m not registered or anything.

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM

MoTube

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM

MoSpace?

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:24 PM

I was in the pool! I WAS IN THE POOL!!

Fogpig on July 22, 2010 at 7:27 PM

It is funny, haven`t they learned that this always backfires on them and only brings more people to her!

bluemarlin on July 22, 2010 at 7:27 PM

MoSpace?

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Thats the new name for NASA.

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:28 PM

I miss them.

amerpundit on July 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Me too, they were good.

Then there was Bethany.

She should have a FNC contract by now, backing up Megyn Kelly or something. She was great.

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Wow. Sarah got Facebook to admit that they were wrong quicker than it has taken obama to figure out anything

ConservativePartyNow on July 22, 2010 at 7:28 PM

The Vents during Christmas time were the best…

Seven Percent Solution on July 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

MoSpace?

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Thats the new name for NASA.

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:28 PM

HAHA!!

JetBoy on July 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Boss Emeritus delivers some snarkiness that I just may use the next time the ban hammer comes a crushin….

BTW.

WHAT’S UP WITH THE COOL HOTAIR HATS THAT THE REST OF US CAN’T GET?

ted c on July 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I like this one here, could be great for this particular subject, or maybe Obama. :)

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Well this picture explains why Clinton is more popular than Obama..
;-)

macncheez on July 22, 2010 at 7:31 PM

MoSpace?

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Thats the new name for NASA.

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Lol! APOLLOGIZE 1

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:33 PM

The Vents during Christmas time were the best…

Seven Percent Solution on July 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Ah, yes. I used to enjoy sitting in my kitchen, making cookies and watching Michelle and Bryan. Good times.

amerpundit on July 22, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Lol! APOLLOGIZE 1

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Allah 1 has landed

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:34 PM

picklesgap on July 22, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Chris Christie!

heshtesh on July 22, 2010 at 7:36 PM

I call BS on Facebook’s “automated system” excuse. It reeks too much of Zero’s Secretary of the Treasury blaming TurboTax for his tax evasion.

viking01 on July 22, 2010 at 7:37 PM

test

Connie on July 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Check out some of these from the Boss Emeritus

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM

At least SP can be thankful she didn’t make Chesser’s Rev. Mus. hitlist like I did.

Connie on July 22, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Palin has almost 2 million fans on Facebook. No wonder they apologized and fixed the mistake.

lonestar1 on July 22, 2010 at 7:41 PM

“The note in question did not violate our content standards but was removed by an automated system. We’re always working to improve our processes and we apologize for any inconvenience this caused.”

So is it Breitbart’s fault or not ?
How about Bush’s fault ?
Comon Facebook, you guys are killing me, atleast blame Fox News

macncheez on July 22, 2010 at 7:41 PM

that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

BRING THEM BACK! BRING THEM BACK!

Oh OT: Charlie is facing trials :D

upinak on July 22, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Then there was Bethany.

mmmmmmmmmmmm

blatantblue on July 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Well Atlas Shrugs is reporting it was deliberate.

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/07/the-beast-behind-facebook-fascism-censoring-palin.html

sharrukin on July 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Ah, yes. I used to enjoy sitting in my kitchen, making cookies and watching Michelle and Bryan. Good times.

amerpundit on July 22, 2010 at 7:34 PM

ameri… I thought you were male? Was I wrong? Cookie?

upinak on July 22, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Keep ‘accounts’ at FB and Twitter but only use them occasionally to check on this or that. HA seems pretty capable of covering what I want or need to know, along with Drudge and a myriad collection of conservative magazines. I thoroughly enjoy all of it and can only dimly recall a life without the blogsphere. Still subscribe to the local newspaper mainly because I need it to line the puppy crate.

jeanie on July 22, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Hijabook

Death2Americabook

Infidelh8rbook

Bombook

IEDbook

Shrapnelbook

Conqueringmosquebook

Bloodyjihadbook

RPGbook

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 7:46 PM

C4P has the scoop as to who led the charge to have her post removed. Some lefty at the Daily Beast site named Brian Ries. He wrote:

This is not really about ‘refudiating’ Sarah Palin. It was a social experiment to explore the boundaries of Facebook’s government-like Terms and Conditions and the power of the Tumblr community.

Free speech on the internet is still a work-in-progress.

And yes, I started it. But Tumblr launched it.

— My response to a reporter asking, “Were you gaming Faacebook to suppress free speech? Or was this really hate speech that shouldn’t be allowed on there?”

His twitter is here:

http://twitter.com/moneyries

Full article at C4P linking him to this “social experiment” is here:

http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2010/07/brian-ries-of-daily-beast-masterminded.html#comments

yogi41 on July 22, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Bethany was the best thing this site has ever seen. She was like candy wrapped in bacon with boobies.

lorien1973 on July 22, 2010 at 7:48 PM

jeanie on July 22, 2010 at 7:46 PM

I use facebook to network Hot Air blog posts (and others).

Connie on July 22, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Muslims have been threatening to quit facebook if certain facebook pages were not put back up, turned out they got taken down because of spamming. Wasn’t really a religious issue more of a scamming issue.

I hope this incident doesn’t mean facebook is going sharia.

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Bethany

William Amos on July 22, 2010 at 7:53 PM

I hope this incident doesn’t mean facebook is going sharia.

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 7:52 PM

It won’t be a bad idea if facebook goes sharia and makes its users accept sharia compliance too. They will then be an exclusive muslim site. Which will end up someone else coming up with a better networking site but with no terrorists allowed.
The

macncheez on July 22, 2010 at 8:03 PM

A very large number of liberal activists have voting networks set up on list servs.

Its kind of like having real Zombies instead of virtual ones from Trojan viruses.

Its common to see liberal posts with huge recommend numbers its from the collective.

Speakup on July 22, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Bethany was the best thing this site has ever seen. She was like candy wrapped in bacon marinated in beer with boobies.

lorien1973 on July 22, 2010 at 7:48 PM

There. that is more accurate. :)

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

AHHHAAAHAA! I had my “street cred” questioned over on fb for saying such things. The person who said she “just did not believe” me still won’t add me as a friend. A badge of honor for being a loyal “‘airhead” for 4 years (?!) now, I guess. :)

Keep up the fun you crazy kids!

NTWR on July 22, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Let the muslim bastards move and be damned. Let them move back to Saudi Arabia or Yemen, I don’t care as long as they get the f**k out and leave us alone so they can kill each other.

LarryG on July 22, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Thanks for the new Palin pic, Allah. ;)

I loved the Cindy Sheehan Vents the best. Nobody can do Cindy’s voice like Michelle.

Missy on July 22, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Bethany was so hot, I’d make her a sammich!

lorien1973 on July 22, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I hope this incident doesn’t mean facebook is going sharia.

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Facebook would have to hide it’s face, behind a burka or a beard.

There is another one!

Of course, a Sharia Facebook would have to split into two sites, one male and one female. Can’t have that dirty mixing now can we?

Burkabook and Beardbook. No cross fraternizing or you get 400 lashes with a cane in a public flogging, to keep the rest in line.

Don’t forget the stoning either.

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I MISS VENTS.

ctmom on July 22, 2010 at 8:13 PM

And ya used to have Bryan the Evangelical Christian blogging….. And when you finally got rid of him, you snagged a Catholic family man and were bought by Christian media company?
LOL. Allah the atheist can’t win!!!
picklesgap on July 22, 2010 at 7:15 PM

i.i.r.c., Bryan left to work for Laura Ingraham, nobody “got rid of him”. But hey, enjoy the LOL.

Yep. We’ve yet to be able to celebrate either a Congressional or presidential election victory together.
amerpundit on July 22, 2010 at 7:23 PM

And didn’t the server crash the night Scott Brown was elected?

Buy Danish on July 22, 2010 at 8:13 PM

I MISS VENTS.

ctmom on July 22, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Ditto, i get that the headlines brings more clicks and therefore more needed revenue, but i thought Vents (or something similar) was supposed to continue in the blog section and that seemed to peter out.

clearbluesky on July 22, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Bethany was so hot, I’d make her a sammich!

lorien1973 on July 22, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Yes, but we are about to get in trouble going down this road.

I have no further comment, in the interests of common decency, and respect for the lovely lady. :)

Brian1972 on July 22, 2010 at 8:18 PM

There’s SO many jokes that can be made with that one.
teke184 on July 22, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Beheadbook?

joejm65 on July 22, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

Another tidbit…Allahis the only guy still around on HA who was here when the vents were a part of the HotAir experience.

JohnTant on July 22, 2010 at 8:24 PM

the very idea of hate speech is anti-free speech. racists and haters need to be able to say what they want

unseen on July 22, 2010 at 8:29 PM

The left says:

Pay up.
Shut up.
Change the subject (but I answered the question).
You’re a racist.

That’s all they know. This falls under the “shut up” category.

Mojave Mark on July 22, 2010 at 8:31 PM

2 urgent questions:

1. When will Bethany be on Fox and Friends??

2. Do Harry Reid and the DNC, who keep putting ads on this page saying that Sharron Angle wants to get rid of the Dept. of Education (sic), realize that they are HELPING her??

http://www.heritage.org/static/reportimages/796DF8C7C231CFFE366308277E88CF57.gif

fred5678 on July 22, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Add Facebook to the list when it’s time for payback.

THE CHOSEN ONE on July 22, 2010 at 8:34 PM

t least SP can be thankful she didn’t make Chesser’s Rev. Mus. hitlist like I did.

Connie on July 22, 2010 at 7:40 PM

What is that? It doesn’t sound nice at all…

Mary in LA on July 22, 2010 at 8:41 PM

There’s SO many jokes that can be made with that one.

teke184 on July 22, 2010 at 7:13 PM

LOL — I had a reply all typed out and then deleted it for fear of bringing the trolls out of the woodwork to shout “RACIST!”

;o)

NoLeftTurn on July 22, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Islam is hate, so if something is anti-Islam it is anti-hate, and if it is pro Islam it is pro hate. Not really very difficult.

Tav on July 22, 2010 at 8:52 PM

What is that? It doesn’t sound nice at all…

Mary in LA on July 22, 2010 at 8:41 PM

This guy

Hooray: Guy who threatened ‘South Park’ creators over Muhammad debacle gets arrested

Connie on July 22, 2010 at 8:52 PM

videos at the headlines? I am Outraged!

rob verdi on July 22, 2010 at 9:05 PM

It’d be like YouTube yanking an Obama video.

Put down the pipe.

Ronnie on July 22, 2010 at 9:12 PM

The left is really scared of Sarahcuda. Mark my words, if Sarah does run and get the nomination, look for a ‘National Emergency’ to kick in to allow 0bama to suspend the elections in 2012. To be honest, I halfway think they will try that regardless on who runs against him. I think that is why they are working so hard to 1) Overburden and crash the economy and 2) ignite a race or class war.

Wolftech on July 22, 2010 at 9:20 PM

I miss the vents.

ornery_independent on July 22, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Oh, that Breitbart! “No Mosque at Ground Zero”
http://bigpeace.com/stzu/2010/07/22/explosive-no-mosque-at-ground-zero-video/

onlineanalyst on July 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM

two Vents on this very subject from fall 2006. Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

Why it seems like just yesterday when the Vents were being posted. My how time flies.

Mallard T. Drake on July 22, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Time for another Atta Girl! for the one who leads by example.

james23 on July 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Did you know, newbies, that videos used to run in the space now occupied by Headlines? True story.

I miss the vents too.

I especially miss Bethany.

BacaDog on July 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM

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