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Facebook changes rules ‘to ALLOW calls for Putin’s death and violence against Russians’

FACEBOOK and Instagram will allow users to encourage violence against Russians and call for the death of Vladimir Putin.

Based on ReutersThe temporary change to the platforms’ hate speech policy will only apply in the context of the invasion of Ukraine.

Facebook users can call for Putin's death without violating the platform's hate speech policies

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Facebook users can call for Putin’s death without violating the platform’s hate speech policies

Internal emails seen by the news agency revealed that Meta, the parent company of the two social media giants, is also temporarily allowing some posts calling for violence against Russian soldiers.

A spokesperson for Meta said: “As a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we have temporarily allowed forms of political expression that often violate our rules such as violent speech, such as like ‘died before the Russian invaders’,” a Meta spokesman said in a statement.

“We will still not allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians.”

Calls about the death of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will also be allowed, according to an email sent to Meta moderators.

However, such calls will be deleted if they contain other targets or have two reliability metrics, such as location or method.

Quoting Reuters story, Russian embassy in the US request that Washington ceased Meta’s “radical activities”.

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“Facebook and Instagram users have not given the owners of these platforms the right to determine the criteria of truth and pit countries against each other,” the embassy said on Twitter.

The temporary policy changes on calling for violence against Russian troops apply to a range of Eastern European countries as well as Russia.

They include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine, according to an email.

In a recent email sent to moderators, Meta highlighted the change in hate speech policy regarding both Russian and Russian soldiers in the wake of the invasion.

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

“We are doing this because we have observed that in this particular context ‘Russian soldiers’ are being used as representatives of the Russian military,” the email states.

“The Hate Speech Policy continues to prohibit attacks on Russians.”

Last week, Russia said it was banning Facebook in the country in response to what it said was restricting access to Russian media on the platform.

Moscow has cracked down on tech companies, including Twitter, that say they are restricted from operating within the country during its invasion of Ukraine, which it calls a “special operation”.

Many major social media platforms have announced new content restrictions around the conflict.

Some of them blocked Russian state media RT and Sputnik in the European Union, while also demonstrating redress in some of their wartime policies.

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The emails also suggest that Meta will allow praising the right-wing Azov battalion, which is normally forbidden, in a change first reported by The Intercept.

A spokesperson for Meta earlier said the company “for the moment makes only a narrow exception to commend the Azov Regiment in the context of defending Ukraine, or in their role as part of the National Guard.” State of Ukraine.”

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