Facebook to allow users calling war and death against Russians Invaders and President Putin

According to Reuters, the social media giant Meta who owns facebook and Instagram, will temporarily allow it’s users, especially in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine, to call for death and violence against Russian Invaders, according to one email.

The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, according to internal emails to its content moderators.

In an apparent leak email, sent to moderators, Meta (FB) highlighted a change in its hate speech policy pertaining both to Russian soldiers and to Russians in the context of the invasion.

“We are issuing a spirit-of-the-policy allowance to allow T1 violent speech that would otherwise be removed under the Hate Speech policy when: (a) targeting Russian soldiers, EXCEPT prisoners of war, or (b) targeting Russians where it’s clear that the context is the Russian invasion of Ukraine (e.g., content mentions the invasion, self-defense, etc.),” it said in the email.

“We are doing this because we have observed that in this specific context, ‘Russian soldiers’ is being used as a proxy for the Russian military. The Hate Speech policy continues to prohibit attacks on Russians,” the email stated.

Emails also showed that Meta would allow praise of the right-wing Azov battalion, which is normally prohibited, in a change first reported by The Intercept.

Meta spokesman Joe Osborne previously said the company was “for the time being, making a narrow exception for praise of the Azov Regiment strictly in the context of defending Ukraine, or in their role as part of the Ukraine National Guard.”~ CNN Business

Recruits training in August 2019 with the military wing of Ukraine’s far-right Azov movement, which has inspired white supremacists from around the world. Maxim Dondyuk for TIME

According TIME, the global network of far-right extremists, the Azov movement, the Ukrainian militant group that has trained and inspired white supremacists from around the world, use Facebook and gaming platforms to recruit members.

Facebook community standards normally do not allow any kind of hate speech, threats or violence. Nevertheless, Facebook have decided to make an exception due to the Russia/Ukraine conflict

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