Facebook removes Trump campaign ads for breaching its policies “against hate messages”

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Facebook removes Trump campaign ads for breaching its policies





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Facebook claims that the content published by the Trump campaign team violates its rules.


Facebook took action against controversial campaign messages from United States President Donald Trump.

The company reported Thursday that it had removed posts and announcements from the Trump re-election campaign team for violating its policies. against hate messages.

The published material showed an inverted red triangle with text asking Facebook users to sign a petition against Antifa, a movement of far left picks up the agency Reuters.

Trump had accused the group of being a “terrorist organization” amid the recent wave of protests against racism and police brutality in United States.

The announcements were published on pages belonging to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. They also appeared on pages linked to his team, generating controversy.

“The Nazis used red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps. Using it to attack political opponents is highly offensive, “Anti-Defamation League President Jonathan Greenblatt reported on Twitter.

“The @POTUS (Donald Trump) campaign needs to know its history, ignorance is no excuse to use symbols related to the Nazis.”

A Facebook spokesperson explained that the company’s policies “prohibit using a symbol of a hate group to identify political prisoners without the context condemning or clarifying that symbol.”

Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign, defended in an email sent to Reuters than “the inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an announcement about “this group.

Murtaugh stressed that Facebook “still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s funny that they only go against this ad.”

Trump has recently faced other similar actions on Twitter, for example, for his more controversial messages.


Donald Trump accused Twitter of interfering with freedom of expression.


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Donald Trump accused Twitter of interfering with freedom of expression.


Last May, the Twitter team decided to hide, without actually deleting it, one of his tweets, explaining that the president had breached the platform’s rules. about glorifying violence.

In the Twitter comment, Trump had spoken to the protests and looting that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over the death of African-American George Floyd and called the protesters “criminals” and warned: “When the looting begins, the shootings begin.”

Twitter’s warning was the last episode of a tension escalation between Trump and his favorite social platform, which for years had resisted demands that he do something against the president’s most controversial messages.

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