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story.lead_photo.caption Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, is shown in this file photo.

In an emailed statement sent late Monday, a Facebook spokesman apologized for the company's removal of two posts by an Arkansas state senator, saying the remarks — which called for removing "every single Muslim extremist sympathizer" from the county — did not violate the company's community standards.

“The posts were removed in error and restored once we were able to investigate," the statement said. "Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong. We’re very sorry about this mistake.”

In a text to reporters sent Monday night, state Sen. Jason Rapert said the posts had been restored without any response from the company. He tweeted a screenshot of the Facebook statement on Tuesday.

The lawmaker remains skeptical that the removal of his posts was a mistake, mainly because both of his remarks were taken down.

"One, I could see as an accident," Rapert said. "Two, that doesn’t seem so accidental.”

Rapert also said that he sent a list of questions to the company asking for specific details as to why his comments were flagged and then deleted. Someone from Facebook has responded, he said, but they have not had a conversation as of yet.

Rapert on Monday accused Facebook of suppressing conservative speech after the posts were removed.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • Kharma
    September 20, 2016 at 11:14 a.m.

    Oh my, freedom of speech?

  • Libertarian
    September 20, 2016 at 11:16 a.m.

    Not freedom of speech. Facebook is a private company trying to generate profits. Anything contrary to that goal is secondary. Having said that, Rapert is an embarrassment.

  • BirdDogsRock
    September 20, 2016 at 12:03 p.m.

    A fuller quote of what Rapert posted is: "we need to round up every single Muslim extremist sympathizer and other anti-American crazies and detain them or deport them." There is no Constitutional issue here, since the government is not doing anything against him for his inspirational words. I still want to know who Rapert would trust and authorize to make the determinations about which Muslims are "extremist sympathizers" and which other Americans are "anti-American crazies". From what I've read and heard from Rapert, everyone who disagrees with him are anti-American crazies that he would like to get rid of.

  • mrcharles
    September 20, 2016 at 12:20 p.m.

    Perhaps he will come for me. I will leave the lights on .

    That would give us opportunity to discuss wonders of the world.

    Why Westboro deity system has freedom of speech too.

    His ideas remind me of another time & country. Just can't put my finger on it. They liked to round up others.

    He makes his ILK proud.

  • TimberTopper
    September 20, 2016 at 1:20 p.m.

    Now he can concentrate on his capital grounds monument being built. Think I know of whom you suggest mrcharles. Both have hair under their nose, huh.

  • ggarlington3
    September 20, 2016 at 1:48 p.m.

    An embarrassment to our state.

  • Packman
    September 20, 2016 at 2:28 p.m.

    Hey Libertarian - I don't understand your post. Are you saying as a private company the 1st Amendment doesn't apply to Facebook? Shouldn't Facebook be held to the same standard as bakery's in the private sector with certain company standards that have been forced to bake cakes for same-sex weddings?

  • hurricane46
    September 20, 2016 at 2:33 p.m.

    He's an American crazy, can we lock him up?

  • finzleft
    September 20, 2016 at 2:43 p.m.

    Should Rapert's posts have been removed? Unfortunately, probably not.
    Let's vote on "Should Rapert be removed." I find that prospect much more appealing. Removed from the laughable state senate, removed from the state. Why not removed from the country? Send him someplace where they share his beliefs in the treatment of those who are different than you. Maybe Iran would be a good match!

  • mrcharles
    September 20, 2016 at 4:56 p.m.

    In Iran they cant execute virgins, so the prison guards gang rape them and then they can execute them. some of that old time religion, it was good enough for old jonah its good enough for me.

    Nothing like a supporter of hateful bakers and rapert. takes a special kind of working on being a christian to make that statement. must be a Methodist.

    a difference with a distinction, it is just that those with a veil cant see truth, just the spouting of hate.