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Franklin Graham Has Perfect Response After Facebook's 'Personal Attack'

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Recently, President of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Franklin Graham reported being banned from Facebook because of a 2-year-old post.

It seemed to be one more in a long list of suspected censorship attacks against conservatives.

But Graham knew just how to respond.

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But now it seems Facebook has taken heed. On Sunday, Graham shared the news on his Twitter account that the social media platform apologized to him and admitted his post did not violate its rules, after all.

He could have gloated or ripped on the tech giant for being so quick to act without facts. Instead, he accepted its apology.

While appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Graham spoke more about the banning and how he accepted Facebook’s apology.

He again showed grace in handling Facebook’s response. “I accept Facebook’s apology and I appreciate them stepping up and doing that.

But he didn’t completely let company off the hook for it. “(But) I think (the banning) was just really a personal attack towards me.”

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In addressing the seeming bias in Facebook’s banning of him, Graham offered the tech giant some words of advice.

“Facebook’s a private company and they can certainly do what they want,” he said.  “But (Facebook CEO) Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is a platform for all ideas. I encourage Facebook to have a standard that doesn’t move.”

Graham then added some details about what such a standard could look like. He used free speech and the Bible as his guide.

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“They ought to just come up with a standard based on God’s word that applies to all people everywhere. Let (Facebook) be a platform for all ideas.”

Graham was quick to add that while he supports free speech he does see a problem with certain speech. He is in agreement with Facebook on at least in one part of its policy.

“I’m against hate speech, I’m against people using Facebook to incite violence against someone, that’s terrible,” he said.

Graham’s point about Facebook coming up with “a standard that doesn’t move” is something many users, on both sides of the political aisle, could get behind.

The best way for users to be in compliance with rules is for them to be clearly stated and uniformly enforced.

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