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Facebook bans death threats Russia leader Putin despite Ukraine war


Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a meeting in Moscow with Alexander Beglov (Governor of Saint Petersburg), March 1, 2022.

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Meta President for Global Affairs Nick Clegg said in an internal posting that Sunday that the company was “now narrowing it focus so make explicitly clear in guidance that it isn’t to be interpreted to condone violence against Russians generally.”

Clegg said in the posting, “We also don’t allow calls to assassinate heads of states.” which was first reported by Bloomberg on Sunday.

Meta verified the content of Clegg’s CNBC post.

Clegg shared his reasoning for the relaxation of Meta’s hate speech policies in a Twitter tweet.

“It is important to clarify that our policies protect people’s right to expression as an expression to self-defense, in response to military invasion of their country,” wrote he.

“The truth is that if we did not make any changes to our content policies, we would be taking content out of ordinary Ukrainians who are expressing anger at invading forces. This would be rightly regarded as unacceptable. 

Clegg said: “To make it clear, this is a policy that we will only apply in Ukraine. The Russian people are our friends. We have no plans to change our hate speech policies towards the Russians. Our platform will not allow Russophobia and any type of discrimination, harassment, or violence toward Russians.