Facebook bans death threats against Russia’s leader Putin despite Ukraine’s war

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov in Moscow, Russia on March 1, 2022.

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In an internal post Sunday, Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg wrote that the company “is now narrowing its focus to make it explicitly clear in the guide that it should never be interpreted as tolerating violence against Russians in general.”

“We also do not allow calls to assassinate a head of state,” Clegg wrote in the post, which was first reported by Bloomberg on Sunday.

Meta confirmed the contents of Clegg’s post to CNBC.

Clegg tweeted Friday about the rationale for easing Meta’s policy of hate speech.

“I want to be crystal clear: Our policies are focused on protecting people’s right to speak as an expression of self-defense in response to a military invasion of their country,” he wrote.

“The fact is that if we applied our standard content policies without any adjustments, we would now remove content from ordinary Ukrainians who expressed their opposition and rage to the invading military forces, which would rightly be considered unacceptable.

Clegg added: “To be clear, we will only apply this policy in Ukraine itself. We have no conflict with the Russian people. There is no change at all in our policy of hate speech as far as the Russian people are concerned. We will not tolerate Russophobia or any form of discrimination, harassment or violence against Russians on our platform. “

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