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Facebook algorithm censors Declaration of Independence as 'hate speech

Facebook algorithm censors Declaration of Independence as 'hate speech

A Facebook algorithm flagged a section of the Declaration of Independence, saying the content “goes against our standards on hate speech.” A Texas newspaper called The Vindicator posted sections of the Declaration of Independence on Facebook to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, but when it came to paragraphs 27 through 31 of the document, Facebook sent a notice saying the post had been flagged as "hate speech" and requested that the paper “review the contents of its page and remove anything that does not comply with Facebook’s policies.”

On today's show, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn Beck) reacted to the part Facebook plays in censoring what people can and can not post on it's social media platform.

"I think it's gonna be a disaster," said Pat. "Facebook and Twitter and Apple are all trying to figure out how to weed out fake news during this upcoming election cycle and I don't know how you do that, necessarily, because who deems what's fake and what isn't?"

"But it's up to us to figure that out, it has to be," he added. "We have to take responsibility and do more to weed that stuff out ourselves.

"Stu agreed, asking, "Is it really Facebook's responsibility to go through each individual post and try to find the ones that aren't real?"

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