Meta temporarily made allowances to call for death to Russian invaders of the Ukraine

Facebook owner Meta is temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to Russian President Putin or Belarusian President Lukashenko in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to internal emails to its content moderators, which was originally reported by Reuters.

A spokesperson from Meta told Mumbrella: “In light of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, we made a temporary exception for those affected by war, to express sentiments toward invading armed forces such as ’death to the Russian invaders’

“These are temporary measures designed to preserve voice and expression for people who are facing invasion. As always, we are prohibiting calls for violence against Russians outside of the narrow context of the current invasion.”

An official statement from the company, added: “We’ve established a special operations centre staffed by experts from across the company, including native Russian and Ukrainian speakers, who are monitoring the platform around the clock, allowing us to respond to issues in real time.

“We’ve added several safety features in Ukraine and Russia, including the ability for people to lock their Facebook profile, removing the ability to view and search friends lists, and additional tools on Messenger.

“We’re taking extensive steps to fight the spread of misinformation and implementing more transparency and restrictions around state-controlled media outlets.”


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