Newspapers say their stories about same-sex marriage disappear from Facebook

The (Pottstown, Pa.) Mercury says its stories about same-sex marriage keep disappearing from its Facebook page. Other newspapers, including the Los Angeles Daily News and other Digital First Media-affiliated papers in the Philadelphia region, reported similar problems, Frank Otto writes. Mercury Online Editor Eileen Faust made a video of her posts disappearing:

The disappearances "didn’t fall on one side of the issue or the other," Otto writes.

Faust said that in addition to the initial stories and videos about the same-sex couple being issued a license, a story on Gov. Tom Corbett speaking out against [a Pennsylvania county official who said he would start issuing same-sex licenses] also disappeared at least once.

“This content was clearly not in violation of our terms, reinforced by the fact that the page administrators did not receive a notification,” Facebook's Alison Schumer told The Mercury.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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