UN blasts Meta for allowing hate speech against Russians — Analysis
However, the social media company insists that the measures are necessary to permit Ukrainians to voice their opinion on the conflict.
The United Nations condemned Meta’s decision to permit hateful comments and calls for violence towards certain Russians. Stephane Dujarric was the spokesperson for Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General, declaring that such statements are not acceptable by the international organization.
“We stand clearly against all hate speech, all calls for violence. That kind of language is just unacceptable from whichever quarter it comes from,”Dujarric stated this during Friday’s press conference.
Meta, meanwhile, tried to downplay the impact of its controversial move, with the social media giant’s President for Global Affairs and former British Deputy PM Nick Clegg releasing a statementTo clarify this decision. He stated that the primary purpose of the platform is to allow Ukrainians vent their anger about the Russian offensive. “temporary” measure.
“I want to be crystal clear: Our policies are focused on protecting people’s rights to speech as an expression of self-defense in reaction to a military invasion of their country. 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 declared.
This policy is only applicable to the current year. “in Ukraine itself,”He continued. He continued. “fury”and called for the violence against Russian troops as well as President Vladimir Putin. It is not clear if hateful content will be accessible outside Ukraine.
As far as Russians are concerned, there is absolutely no alteration to our hate speech policies. Russophobia and any type of discrimination, harassment, or violence toward Russians will not be tolerated on our platform.
Last month, Facebook revised its policies against dangerous individuals and organizations, allowing posts praising the Azov Battalion, Ukraine’s National Guards unit, that incorporates hard-line nationalists and openly neo-Nazi fighters.
The latest change in Meta’s policy was first reported by Reuters on Thursday, citing internal emails from the parent company of Facebook and Instagram. The agency initially claimed that Meta allowed hate speech towards all Russians. However, they later revised their article to explain the matter. “invading Russians”Putin and only.
Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor has condemned the action. Russia banned Facebook a few days back for discrimination against state-owned or state-affiliated Russian media outlets. Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor targeted Instagram, with the platform set to go online on March 14. Russia’s Prosecutor General went further and asked a court for Meta Platforms to be banned as a whole. He also declared it an extremist group.
This label would place Instagram and Facebook in the same category as terrorist organizations, triggering similar penalties and restrictions. Using Facebook or other Meta platforms in good faith, however, would not be automatically considered an act of extremism, Ekaterina Mizulina, a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, a body advising Russia’s government on civil society issues, has explained.
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