On the eve of the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Facebook once again stepped into a pile of steaming, stinking excrement of its own making. This time, the Declaration itself was the target of Facebook censors. This action comes less than three months after Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared before Congress to answer questions about the way the social media platform operated and to reassure lawmakers it was not censoring the conservative message.
In this particular case, The Liberty County Vindicator, a small Texas newspaper, did what so many newspapers have done over the years. In an attempt to help remind its readers what the Declaration said, the paper ran a series of posts quoting this most important founding document and linked to the posts on its Facebook page. The first nine of those posts went up on Facebook without problem. Number 10, to have been published on Facebook, well, that was a different matter.