It is becoming an insidious pattern. Facebook deletes an innocuous post. Word of the inexplicable censorship circulates. Facebook restores the post, claiming its removal was a mistake.
The latest post to fit that pattern was filed by Rabbi Avram Mlotek, who describes an experience on a subway train in New York where he was confronted by supporters of Nation of Islam leader and virulent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
Here’s the rabbi’s story as told on Facebook.
From a Rabbi I hold in the highest regard: pic.twitter.com/Ah2xnrXznG
— Laura E. Adkins (@Laura_E_Adkins) November 1, 2018
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The day after the post appeared, it disappeared, prompting another post by the rabbi:
It’s hard to see where the original post ran afoul of Facebook’s censors. The profanity was not the rabbi’s, and in any case he redacted it.
About the only reasonable conclusion that can drawn from Facebook’s decision is that the post puts Louis Farrakhan and his followers in an unfavorable light — not Farrakhan needs help in that regard. He recently referred to Jews as termites, and that’s one of his more benign slurs.
What makes Facebook’s decision doubly incomprehensible is that liberals no longer provide cover for Farrakhan, mainly because to defend him would appear hypocritical against the background of their claims that Donald Trump (who’s own daughter is a practicing Orthodox Jew) is an anti-Semite.