(PresidentialInsider.com)- Facebook prohibits calls for violence on its platform. It’s probably the only censorship that most people could agree on – even if Facebook and similar platforms often wrongly consider conservative posts as “inciting violence.”
Nonetheless, the social media platform just caused a stir by temporarily changing the rules and allowing posts that urge violence against the Russian army.
Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, now allows users to call for violence against Russian soldiers – but only in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The news was confirmed by Reuters, which obtained internal emails from Meta confirming the temporary change to the platform’s hate speech policy.
Facebook is also allowing people to call for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, presumably, to avoid having to shut down thousands of accounts every single day for however long this invasion continues.
A Meta spokesperson issued a statement confirming that they have “temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech such as ‘death to the Russian invaders.’”
“We still won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” the statement also reads.
It means that Meta will still take action if people call for the death of (or discrimination against) innocent Russian civilians – as you would expect.
Naturally, the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., responded as any good propagandists would. The embassy claimed that Meta is engaging in “extremist activities” and must be stopped.
“Users of Facebook & Instagram did not give the owners of these platforms the right to determine the criteria of truth and pit nations against each other,” the embassy’s Twitter account reads.
That’s a bit rich. Imagine calling the West “extremist” while your own government invades a sovereign European country and murders innocent civilians and journalists in the street.