But It Is Hate Speech

Closing Thought–06Jul18

A couple of days ago we celebrated our independence day and did you know that is has been tagged as hate speech?

Say HUH?

The Declaration of Independence contains hate speech, according to Facebook’s algorithms. Though the social media site eventually allowed the famed historical document to be shared in full, Texas’ Liberty County Vindicator ran into trouble while posting fragments of the text on its Facebook page ahead of Independence Day. Facebook’s algorithms specifically flagged three words in a line accusing the British monarchy of endeavoring “to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages,” claiming the line violated the site’s standards on hate speech, per the BBC. “Unfortunately, [Thomas] Jefferson, like most British colonists of his day, did not hold an entirely friendly view of Native Americans,” the Vindicator‘s managing editor, Casey Stinnett, commented after the text was removed.

Stinnett wasn’t all that upset, though. “The newspaper has little grounds for complaint other than the silliness of it,” he wrote. Still, Facebook later restored the content and apologized. “We made a mistake and removed something you posted on Facebook that didn’t go against our community standards,” the company told the paper. It’s an admission surely welcomed by Christian Britschgi at Reason, who accused Facebook of “whitewashing America’s founding.” While “clearly racist,” the flagged line of text “serves as another example of the American Revolution’s mixed legacy; one that won crucial liberties for a certain segment of the population, while continuing to deny those same liberties to Native Americans and African slaves,” he writes.

Did you know today in history….1947, the AK-47 went into production…..and has been in constant production since that date…..71 years.

Just a little something to think about on this Friday to start your weekend…..


17 thoughts on “But It Is Hate Speech

  1. I often wonder if I am using the WordPress “like” button correctly. Perhaps it’s not like the facebook “like” at all. Now there is a new feature to “save” posts (which I have also been using).
    Maybe, it’s that so many posting (not just yours) are, in fact, not “like” at all.
    Then again, I could be using the “like” wrong. hmmmm

      1. Oops, when I said “save”, I actually meant to say (the new) “bookmark” feature. But as for the “like” feature, I sometimes scroll through a bloggers feed to see what kinds of articles get the most likes… I’m disappointed with the numbers.

  2. The AK 47 just works, and has proven reliability. Perhaps the most successful rifle ever made.
    As for the line causing offence, it must be taken in context of the times. Otherwise, we would never read any Roman history either.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It illustrates just how bad social media can be when one depends on it for everything…..let the smartphone do the thinking sort of thing….chuq

      1. As long as you’re interested – Let’s try it again. If this doesn’t work, I think I know how to arrange it and bring it to you.

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