Does Facebook take down posts that include the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag? No, that's not true: A Facebook spokesperson said there was no truth to this. And posts with the Pledge of Allegiance are on Facebook at the time of this writing.
The claim appeared in a July 4, 2020, Facebook post. It opens:
FB took it down!!!!!!! Repost!!!!😨
The Pledge of Allegiance is underneath that. Under that image is:
I want to challenge everyone to repost our country's flag. With the Pledge of Allegiance as it was written.
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jul 29 14:05:06 2021 UTC)
Lead Stories emailed Facebook's press team on July 28, 2021. A Facebook spokesperson responded the same day:
On background, there's no truth to that. That particular meme doesn't violate our Community Standards, so we've never taken it down ... Simply posting the pledge of allegiance does not violate our Community Standards.
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