In a temporary change to its policy on hate speech, Meta Platforms will now allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to incite violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in connection with the invasion of Ukraine, a Reuters report said, citing seen an internal email from the news agency on Thursday.
According to Reuters “The social giant is temporarily allowing some posts calling for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in countries like Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to internal emails to his content moderators.”
“As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have temporarily allowed forms of political expression that would normally break our rules, such as B. Violent speeches like ‘Death to the Russian invaders’. We will still not allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” a Meta spokesman said in a statement.
The calls for leader deaths are allowed unless they include other goals or two indicators of credibility, such as: B. the place or the method, according to an email in a recent change to the company’s policy on violence and incitement.
As Reuters reported, “According to an email, the temporary policy changes on inciting violence against Russian soldiers apply to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.”
In the email sent to moderators recently, Meta highlighted a change in their hate speech policy affecting both Russian soldiers and Russians related to the invasion.
“We are granting permission, in the spirit of the policy, to allow violent T1 speech that would otherwise be removed under the Hate Speech Policy when: (a) Russian soldiers, EXCEPT prisoners of war, or (b) Russian soldiers are attacked where they are clear that the context is the Russian invasion of Ukraine (e.g. content mentions invasion, self-defense, etc.),” the email said.
“We do this because we have observed that in this particular context, ‘Russian soldiers’ are being used as proxies for the Russian military. The Hate Speech Policy still prohibits attacks on Russians,” the email said.