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Facebook backtracks, removes offensive ‘Kill Trump, Hang Him, Hunt Him’ group

After initially telling comedian Owen Benjamin that a Facebook group named “Kill Trump, Hang Him, Hunt Him” did not violate their community standards, the social media giant took a second look and found that it did violate their standards and subsequently removed it.

“This group was removed over the weekend for violating our policies,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Conservative Firing Line in an email. “We are investigating why it was not removed sooner.”

Reports we saw indicated Benjamin was handed a 30-day ban from the site, but the comedian said he was banned from Twitter — not Facebook — for a post critical of Parkland anti-gun activist David Hogg.

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Initial reports of the oversight angered many on social media:

https://twitter.com/mitchellvii/status/988833985773101057

https://twitter.com/KarleneGreenham/status/988834790412439552

The message Benjamin received also made it to social media:

Many were also angered by the apparent hypocrisy of the initial finding.  As we and many others have reported, the company’s recent algorithms have significantly hurt conservative outlets like this one while boosting liberal sites like CNN.

During a two-day grilling in Washington, D.C., CEO Mark Zuckerberg was repeatedly asked about Diamond and Silk, the popular pro-Trump duo whose reach was severely degraded after the site declared their content “unsafe” for their community.

At least in this case, Facebook admits it missed the mark and says it will work to find out why.  Regular readers know that we’ve been highly critical of the company, but in this case, we’re willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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