Facebook removes Arizona Governor's post criticizing Obama

Summary:Arizona Governor Jan Brewer criticized President Obama's immigration policies in a post on Facebook, only to have it removed. The company called the issue a mistake and has apologized.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Thursday used Facebook to criticize President Obama's recent decision to halt prosecutions of illegal immigrants. Early Friday morning, the post had more than 10,000 Likes, before Facebook removed it.

Brewer's Facebook post criticized a controversial policy decision by President Barack Obama's administration to limit deportations of illegal immigrants. It was accompanied by an illustration depicting her as "Rosie the Riveter" and a slogan that read, "Arizona – doing the job the feds won't do." In the image (pictured above), here face is superimposed onto the famous character representing American women who worked in factories during World War II.

Facebook told Brewer the image violated its rules: "Facebook censored the post and removed it because the photo apparently violated their 'Facebook Community Standards,'" Brewer posted on the social network, according to The Arizona Republic. "I just got this automatic email from them at 5:12 AM," Brewer said, adding that she had been "feeling quite proud about the post, because it had generated so much interest."

Facebook said it was sorry for deleting the post; the company issued a statement saying that "the post was removed in error. We apologize for the inconvenience." The social network said it mistakenly removed the post, but did not provide further details, such as whether the removal resulted from complaints by other Facebook users.

Brewer reposted the item later on Friday, saying the original post was "censored" by Facebook. Brewer has posted the illustration in question on Facebook multiple times before, and she did so once again in the new post.

"The photo has been on there a million times," Brewer said. "I really don't have a clue. I was just shocked. I am one of their bigger accounts, and I didn't put anything up there, nor would I ever, that would violate the standards." The Arizona politician's Facebook Page has more than 465,000 Likes.

The new post quickly gained over 10,000 Likes as well. "I think many of you will agree with me - Obama's backdoor amnesty plan violates American standards of following the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution,'' Brewer said in her latest post.

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