Facebook Admits to Blocking Conservative for Using Words ‘Illegal Alien’

Facebook admitted this week that it blocked a conservative for daring to use the words “illegal alien” on its service. So, now these tech giants are banning us just for using terms they don’t like.

The social media giant’s admission came after William Gheen, head of Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, said that his post had been removed and he was slapped with a 24-hour ban for daring to include the words “illegal alien” in his post.

Gheen said he couldn’t understand what the problem was and he complained to the social media giant. But ultimately, Facebook admitted that it was wrong to block the conservative and to ban him from its service.

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According to the Washington Times:

“We mistakenly removed a comment by William Gheen and restored it as soon as we were able to investigate because it did not violate our community standards,” the company said in a statement to The Washington Times. “Our team processes millions of reports each week, and sometimes we get things wrong. We are sorry this happened.”

Earlier, ALIPAC had accused Facebook of “trying to defend the illegal alien murder” in the case of Cristhian Rivera, an illegal immigrant who authorities have charged with the killing of Tibbetts. Mr. Rivera had been living illegally in the U.S. for years, holding a job under a fake I.D., according to the farm where he worked.

Authorities say he targeted Tibbetts, killed her, then hid her body in a cornfield. After investigators identified him this week he guided them to her body.

The killing has ignited a fierce debate over illegal immigrants and crime.

A Facebook user apparently flagged the message and a company employee removed it, deeming it “hate speech,” according to a message Mr. Gheen received.

The company says it restored the posted comment after getting inquiries.

So, that’s how it is, huh?

Now conservatives can’t even use common phrases if liberals don’t like them. This is what it is coming to America. Liberals are using their positions as tech leaders to destroy you. Are we going to sit back and let this happen?

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.

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