Meta clarifies policy on calls for assassinating heads of state — Analysis

The US tech giant is also scrambling to make it clear that advocating violenceFor ‘Russians in general’ is off limits

Facebook’s parent company Meta has changed its policy guidance on tolerance to hate speech to prohibit “condoning violence” against “Russians in general” and to ban calls for the death of heads of state, Reuters reported on Monday, citing a memo posted on the company’s internal platform. 

The Sunday post, published by Meta’s global affairs president, Nick Clegg, and seen by Reuters, suggests that Facebook is “narrowing the focus”To make it more user-friendly, the company has established a content moderation policy. “explicitly clear”A previous decision made last week shouldn’t be taken as a sign that something is wrong. “condoning violence against Russians in general.”

Reuters reported last Thursday that Meta will allow hate speech against Russians via Instagram and Facebook. According to another group of emails from inside, the news agency reported at first that Meta would accept hate speech towards all Russians during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. It later changed its report to clarify the specific measure. “invading Russians”And President Vladimir Putin.

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Meta seems to be backtracking on this policy as well, Clegg writing that it would “not permit calls to assassinate a head of state.”  

“In order to remove any ambiguity about our stance, we are further narrowing our guidance to make explicit that we are not allowing calls for the death of a head of state on our platforms,”He wrote. 

He said that the Ukraine situation is rapidly changing and Meta would continue to provide guidance. “under constant review”Claim Meta “stands against Russophobia.”

It has “no tolerance for calls for genocide, ethnic cleansing, or any kind of discrimination, harassment, or violence towards Russians on our platform,”He stated.

Meta’s earlier decision on violence against Russians was even met with criticism from the United Nations, with a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying that such language is “unacceptable”Any context.

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Social media giant Facebook tried to downplay its decision and justified it by calling the move a “a” “temporary”The measure is solely intended to let Ukrainians vent their frustration over ongoing Russian military incursions. Clegg said that it would apply only in Ukraine.

The move also sparked fury in Russia, with the nation’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor banning Instagram from March 14. Adam Mosseri from Instagram blasted this decision on Sunday. He claimed it would result in the exclusion of 80 million Russian Instagram users. “from the rest of the world.” 

Russia’s Prosecutor General filed a legal complaint with the nation’s courts demanding all Meta platforms be outlawed and the company itself be designated an extremist organization in Russia over allowing hate speech against the country’s nationals. Facebook in Russia has been banned since before the developments regarding discrimination toward state-owned or state-affiliated Russian media outlets.

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