To the speech police at Facebook, the world’s largest social media web site, even the words of a lifelong advocate of peace are too much to bear. Earlier this month Facebook officials announced changes to rules they said were necessary to combat efforts at promoting terrorism and hate speech. Agence France Presse reported that the changes were wide-ranging and dealt primarily with upgrading “community standards.” 

AFP said the new guidelines were meant to provide more clarity regarding what kinds of posts are and are not acceptable, the latter being those related to violence, what is deemed by speech cops to be hate speech and other topics similarly found to be contentious. Specifically, Facebook announced it would not permit any groups to remain on the site if they advocated “terrorist activity, organized criminal activity” or if they promoted “hate.” FULL REPORT