Facebook apologizes to Palin

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From Politico: Facebook issued an apology Thursday for deleting a post by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes explained in a statement that a Palin post criticizing the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York City was removed by an automated system and had nothing to do with the content of the post.

Palin’s post calling the building of the mosque an “intolerable mistake” received widespread criticism in left-leaning circles, prompting some bloggers Thursday to speculate that either Palin or Facebook had removed the post to quell the controversy.

But Noyes said no such thinking was behind the removal of the post.

“The note in question did not violate our content standards but was removed by an automated system,” Noyes said. “We’re always working to improve our processes, and we apologize for any inconvenience this caused.”

Palin’s camp did not respond to a request for comment.

The former Alaska governor alerted her Twitter followers that her note had been reposted but did not comment on its disappearance.

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