Meta says it has temporarily restrict some expressions of violence, such as “death to the Russian invaders”, which violates its rules. However, he says he will not allow calls for violence against Russian civilians.
In response, Russia called on the United States to stop the “extremist activities” of the social media giant. The announcement came after Reuters reported that it had discovered internal emails describing the company's policy change.
“In light of the invasion of Ukraine, we have made a temporary exception for those affected by the war “, expressing violent feelings towards the invading armed forces”, said a representative of Meta to the BBC.
Under the amended policy, users in countries such as Russia, Ukraine and Poland will even be able to make appeals for the deaths of Russian President Putin and Belarusian President Lukashenko. Calls for the death of the leaders will be allowed, unless they contain other purposes and if they do not include location or methods. Russia announced last week that it was blocking Facebook and its platforms, citing 26 cases of “discrimination” against Russian media by Facebook since October 2020. Although access to the site was already restricted in Russia, it is not completely unavailable. Moscow has banned its citizens from accessing several social media platforms as it continues what it calls a “special operation” in Ukraine.