They censor free speech for conservatives but allow the violent rhetoric to target groups.
In a policy shift linked to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, FB and Instagram allow users in some countries to call for violence against Russia.
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The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to internal emails to its content moderators.
“As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech such as ‘death to the Russian invaders.’ We still won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement.
The calls for the leaders’ deaths will be allowed unless they contain other targets or have two indicators of credibility, such as the location or method, one email said, in a recent change to the company’s rules on violence and incitement.
The Hill added:
Last week, Russia said it would block Facebook in the country due to the platform’s restrictions on Russian state-controlled media, which Moscow called a form of “discrimination.”
Facebook and other tech giants have cracked down on Russian state media over the spread of disinformation about the invasion after calls from global leaders, including sanctions from the European Union.