Facebook apologizes for removing lawmaker post

Facebook apologized Thursday to Rep. Marie Newman after the Illinois Democrat said a video of her putting a transgender pride flag outside her congressional office had been removed and labeled as “hate speech.”

Newman, a first-term lawmaker, tweeted about the removal of her Facebook post, drawing a response and apology from Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson.

“Congresswoman, this plainly should not have happened. We’ve restored this content and you have our sincere apologies,” Stone tweeted.

The post showing Newman putting up the flag came on the same day the House voted on sweeping legislation extending civil rights protections to LGBTQ people.

Newman’s office is across the hall from conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who tried to block the legislation, known as the Equality Act, calling it “a direct attack on God’s creation.”