Brett Samuels // Facebook apologizes to Texas newspaper for part of Declaration of Independence being labeled hate speech

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Facebook apologizes to Texas newspaper for part of Declaration of Independence being labeled hate speech | TheHill //

The Liberty County Vindicator in Texas posted excerpts from the document on its Facebook page in the days leading up to the Fourth of July holiday.

The newspaper received a notice that one portion of the document was removed, likely because of a passage that refers to “merciless Indian savages.”

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“Perhaps had Thomas Jefferson written it as ‘Native Americans at a challenging stage of cultural development’ that would have been better. Unfortunately, Jefferson, like most British colonists of his day, did not hold an entirely friendly view of Native Americans,” Vindicator editor Casey Stinnett wrote on the paper’s website.

“Although, to be honest, there is a good deal in that passage that could be thought hateful,” he added.

Stinnett later wrote that Facebook had restored the full post and acknowledged it should not have removed it in the first place. 

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