Facebook labels St Augustine church quote as ‘hate speech’

Several users have reported that the apparently innocuous quote has been removed without clear explanation.


A quote from St Augustine has apparently been prohibited from Facebook.
Domenico Bettinelli, a pro-life activist from Massachusetts, said in a blog post that a passage by St Augustine from the divine office was taken down as it violated Facebook’s “Community Standards on hate speech”.


“Let us never assume that if we tend to live good lives we’ll be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we still beg for pardon. However men are hopeless creatures, and the less they focus on their own sins, the more interested they become in the sins of others. They seek to criticize, not to correct. Unable to justify themselves, they’re ready to accuse others.”

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