In a latest incident of censorship, Facebook on Friday temporarily restricted journalist Kevin Sessumsâ€™s account, after he called US President-elect Donald Trumpâ€™s supporters â€œa nasty fascistic lotâ€ in a post.
Known for his two best-selling memoirs, Sessums said that he shared a Facebook post from ABC Newsâ€™ political analyst Matthew Dowd that read: â€œIn the last few hours I have been called by lovely â€˜christianâ€™ Trump fans: a jew, faggot, retard. To set record straight: divorced Catholic.â€
It was only after the Guardian contacted Facebook that they reviewed and restored the post of the journalist.Read more ↓
â€œWe are very sorry about this mistake,â€ the Guardian quoted a spokesman of Facebook.
â€œThe post was removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate. Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong,â€ he added.
â€œIt is chilling. It is arbitrary censorship. I was like, â€˜Wait a minute, do I have to be careful about what I say about Trump now?’â€ Sessums said.
Earlier this year, Facebook banned a post that contained the â€˜Napalm Girlâ€™ photograph on the grounds that it reflected indecency and suspended the journalist who had posted it.
The accounts of Palestinian journalists were also briefly blocked, which the Facebook called an innocent mistake.
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