Facebook (now Meta), has adjusted it’s algorithms that tackles hate speech and violence, to ignore user’s posts who are calling for Vladimir Putin’s assassination, the president of Russia.
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This means that any user who either makes a post or leaves a comment, either on Facebook or Instagram, calling for the assassination of Putin, will be ignored by its bots/content moderators, such posts or comments won’t be deleted and the user won’t get penalized.
The social media company in its new adjustments, is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death of Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus – Reuters reports that this was made known according to internal emails to its content moderators.
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A Facebook (now Meta) spokesperson said in a statement.;
“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,”
The temporary policy changes on calls for violence to Russian soldiers apply to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine, according to one email.