Oakland Co. Sheriff Takes Facebook to Task

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard is fighting with Facebook over its content. He says the social media site permits anti-police rhetoric on its pages, but removed his posts saying such content promotes violence against law enforcement. Bouchard also called out Amazon for selling a t-shirt with an anti-police message on it. Amazon has since removed the item from its site. The sheriff tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller he’s not trying to stifle anyone’s free speech rights. Facebook issued a statement saying it will remove posts threatening police officers if users report them. Click on the audio player to hear the conversation. 

Sheriff Bouchard posted this statement on his Facebook page:



I have received a few very hateful messages that conclude saying I want to end freedom of speech. I’m a big boy, I can…

Posted by Mike Bouchard on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Image credit: Mike Bouchard

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