Facebook Will Temporarily Allow Posts Calling For Violence Against Russians And Putin's Death

These leader kill requests will be allowed unless they contain other targets or have two credibility indicators, such as location or shape.

Meta Platforms will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the invasion of Ukraine, according to internal emails seen by Reuters, marking a temporary change. to its policy of incitement to hatred.

The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts calling for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to a series of internal emails to its content moderators.

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These leader kill requests will be allowed unless they contain other targets or have two indicators of credibility, such as location or form, explains an email. The emails said that calls for violence against Russians are allowed when the post speaks clearly about invading Ukraine. They said that these posts calling for violence against Russian soldiers were allowed but would not apply to prisoners of war.

The temporary policy changes apply to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine.

Last week, Russia said it was banning Facebook in the country in response to what it said were restrictions on Russian media access to the platform. Moscow has cracked down on tech companies, including Twitter, restricted in the country.

Many major social media platforms have announced new content restrictions surrounding the conflict, including the blocking of Russian state media RT and Sputnik in Europe, and have shown exceptions to some of their wartime policies.

Meta spokesman Joe Osborne earlier said the company was "for the time being making a small exception to praise the Azov Regiment strictly in the context of defending Ukraine, or in its role as part of the Ukrainian National Guard." 

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