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World Facebook parent Meta clarifies that it won't allow content that calls for assassinating heads of state like Putin

07:35  20 march  2022
07:35  20 march  2022 Source:   businessinsider.com

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  • Meta will not allow users posts to call for the death of "heads of state," Bloomberg reported.
  • Reuters reported Friday that the company could approve content calling for the death of Russian President Putin.
  • The post was from Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at at Meta Platforms.

In an internal post reviewed by Bloomberg, Facebook seemingly slimmed down a previously reported policy that would allow users in certain countries to call for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus.

Meta says it doesn't allow calls for assassinating heads of state

  Meta says it doesn't allow calls for assassinating heads of state Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, issued a reminder on Sunday that it prohibits calls on its platforms for the assassination of high-ranking world leaders, following intense scrutiny of the company's decision last week to relax hate speech policies in Ukraine. © Adobe Stock In an internal post to employees, Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg said "we do not permit calls to assassinate a head of state." The internal post, which was reported by Bloomberg and Reuters and confirmed to CNN Business by a Meta spokesperson, does not mention Russian President Vladimir Putin by name.

"We also do not permit calls to assassinate a head of state," Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Facebook parent company Meta Platforms, said in the post Sunday, likely referring in part to Russia's president, who invaded Ukraine in late February.

A Meta spokesperson confirmed the details of the Bloomberg report to Insider.

On Friday, Reuters had reported that Facebook and Instagram would allow users in certain countries, when discussing the invasion, to post threats about Russian soldiers, its head of state, and, apparently, Russian people, though a Meta spokesperson clarified the latter policy in a statement.

"In light of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, we made a temporary exception for those affected by war, to express violent sentiments toward invading armed forces such as ''death to the Russian invaders'. These are temporary measures designed to preserve voice and expression for people who are facing invasion. As always, we are prohibiting calls for violence against Russians outside of the narrow context of the current invasion," the Meta spokesperson told Insider on Friday.

Meta now says you can't threaten to kill Russia's President Putin on Facebook because of the Ukraine war

  Meta now says you can't threaten to kill Russia's President Putin on Facebook because of the Ukraine war Meta Platforms, the parent of Facebook and Instagram, has drawn heat from Russia since the the invasion of Ukraine.Meta also said that a previously reported temporary easing of its hate speech policy only applies to allowing posts by users in Ukraine making threats to the attacking forces and "only in the context of speech regarding the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.

Reuters further reported Friday that Facebook and Instagram would permit users in Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and others to call for the death of Putin or Lukashenko, as long as they didn't have "two indicators of credibility, such as the location or method," the outlet wrote. Clegg appeared to change that rule in his internal post Sunday.


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In another seeming change, the revised content moderation policies, he said, only affect users in Ukraine and "only in the context of speech regarding the Russian military invasion of Ukraine," Bloomberg reported.

Clegg discussed the policies more publicly in a Tweet Friday that defended the company's new decisions on content moderation, after officials in Russia asked a court to designate Meta as an extremist organization. (Instagram was blocked in Russia today.)

"The fact is, if we applied our standard content policies without any adjustments we would now be removing content from ordinary Ukrainians expressing their resistance and fury at the invading military forces, which would rightly be viewed as unacceptable," Clegg's statement read.

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Facebook and Instagram will temporarily permit posts that call for violence against invading Russians and Putin from users in certain countries like Ukraine and Poland, report says .
Reuters said Meta would temporarily permit speech calling for violence against invading Russians in certain countries when discussing the Ukraine conflict."In light of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, we made a temporary exception for those affected by war, to express violent sentiments toward invading armed forces such as ''death to the Russian invaders'. These are temporary measures designed to preserve voice and expression for people who are facing invasion. As always, we are prohibiting calls for violence against Russians outside of the narrow context of the current invasion," a Meta spokesperson told Insider.

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