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Facebook accidentally flagged the Declaration of Independence

Facebook accidentally flagged the Declaration of Independence

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Facebook took down a post containing passages from the Declaration of Independence, saying they were hate speech. It has since apologized — though the algorithm may have been justified in flagging the material. A Texas newspaper called the Liberty County Vindicator decided to celebrate July 4th by posting excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. The tenth post in this series, with paragraphs 27-31, was removed from the paper’s Facebook scheduling queue, with the paper being given the notice that it’d violated the hate speech standards. Facebook eventually restored the post, which Vindicator editor Casey Stinnet acknowledged in an article on…

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