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META allows hate speech against Russia

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In a move that defies belief and logic Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company has allowed the use of hate speech on its platforms.

Meta has also stated that it would allow users to make derogatory posts which are calling for the death of Vladimir Putin and Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko who is one of the Russian president’s closest allies.

In a statement to ‘Reuters’ Meta is quoted as saying that – “As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we 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,” 

However, Meta has stated that they would still block or delete comments and posts which include two indicators of credibility, such as details on where to and how to kill them. 

On top of this Meta is also temporarily permitting users to post messages in support of the Azov Battalion, a Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary group, so long as the posts explicitly praise the far-right militia for resisting Russia’s invasion.

The moves have come after Facebook took the unprecedented move to block Russian state media channels on its platform.

It is unclear how long the amended policies by META will remain in place.

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