Dem operative turned Facebook comms director apologizes for ‘hate speech’ label on congresswoman's video with transgender flag
“Facebook took down our video of me putting up the Transgender flag outside my office and labeled it as ‘hate speech,’” Newman tweeted on Thursday.
She blasted the social media platform for censoring her content – typically a complaint from conservatives – but allowing Taylor-Greene’s own “transphobic” footage of her putting a sign reading “there are only two genders” outside her office.
“Supporting transgender Americans is NOT hate speech,” Newman wrote.
Facebook took down our video of me putting up the Transgender flag outside my office and labeled it as “hate speech.” Meanwhile, they’re still allowing Marjorie Taylor Greene’s transphobic video to be posted. Supporting transgender Americans is NOT hate speech. pic.twitter.com/dU2eXUpZSy— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) February 25, 2021
The planting of the flags is part of an ongoing feud between the two lawmakers over the Equality Act, which would make “sex, sexual orientation, [and] gender identity” protected classes by the government.
Other Democrats were quick to jump to Newman’s defense and to blast Facebook and its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, for the perceived censorship.Also on rt.com ‘QAnon Congresswoman’ Greene hangs ‘There are two genders’ sign in Capitol hall, amid fight with Dems over LBGTQ bill
“What the hell is this, @Facebook? We see through your bulls**t, you're just a hate speech platform now,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) tweeted.
“Mark Zuckerberg is a vile human being,” Media Matters editor Parker Molloy added.
Supporting transgender Americans is not hate speech. https://t.co/DXJL4w3Wi9— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 25, 2021
Despite the fast outrage, Facebook was quick to correct their flagging of the post and even offered Newman “sincere apologies.”
“Congresswoman, this plainly should not have happened. We've restored this content and you have our sincere apologies,” Andy Stone, Facebook’s policy communications director, tweeted.
Congresswoman, this plainly should not have happened. We've restored this content and you have our sincere apologies.— Andy Stone (@andymstone) February 25, 2021
Stone’s Twitter bio boasts about his former work within the Democratic Party under Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California), Rep. Jerry McNerny (D-California), and with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
According to Newman, her video was only flagged for three hours and that the case is “under review.”
More than three hours after we first reached out to Facebook asking for an explanation on why they took down our video, they have now reposted it on our page.Facebook said it was "removed in error" and that they are still reviewing the case. https://t.co/OpSSwh1Elp— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) February 25, 2021
For many, taking care of Newman’s complaint so quickly was not enough, as users called for Facebook to remove Taylor-Greene’s video, as well.
“Thank you @andymstone. That was quite alarming. Looking forward to hearing about the removal of every lying, hate mongering post & video of domestic terrorist & general repugnant, disgusting woman virus #MarjorieTaylorGreene,” actress Nancy Lee Grahn tweeted.
“Glad to see this apology to Congresswoman Newman from @facebook and wondering,” Christine Pelosi added, “1. Why was her pro-civil rights post taken down to begin with? 2. Why is transphobic content still up?”
🏳️⚧️UPDATE: Glad to see this apology to Congresswoman Newman from @facebook and wondering 1. why was her pro-civil rights post taken down to begin with?2. why is transphobic content still up? Transparency please! https://t.co/ABSjmFWi2j— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 25, 2021
Have you taken down the transphobic content?— melissa “cancel student debt” byrne (@mcbyrne) February 25, 2021
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