North Carolina pastor Franklin Graham said Friday that he was “banned” from posting on Facebook for 24 hours last week because of a post he made two years ago.
The son of world-famous Rev. Billy Graham is much more political than his father was during his career. Franklin Graham regularly weighs in on national and North Carolina political issues to his 7.4 million Facebook followers.
And in 2016, Graham posted a message criticizing Bruce Springsteen for canceling a concert planned for Greensboro in protest of House Bill 2. That was the law that required transgender people to use the bathroom of their biological sex in public buildings.
Graham said that America should instead go “Back to God. Back to respecting and honoring His commands. Back to common sense.”
On Friday, Graham said that Facebook told him that post violated their “community standards on hate speech.” The 2016 post has been deleted, but Graham re-published the text in this week’s post.
Graham’s claim comes as Facebook and other social networks deal with criticism from conservative lawmakers that the companies unfairly police political speech. Facebook has also been accused of punishing employees who supported Donald Trump’s campaign.
Graham prayed at President Donald Trump’s inauguration.