Facebook parent Meta clarifies that it won't allow content that calls for assassinating heads of state like Putin
Metawill not allow users posts to call for the death of "heads of state," Bloomberg reported.
- Reuters reported Friday that the company could approve content calling for the death of Russian President
In an internal post reviewed by Bloomberg,
"We also do not permit calls to assassinate a head of state," Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Facebook parent company Meta Platforms, said in the post Sunday, likely referring in part to
A Meta spokesperson confirmed the details of the Bloomberg report to Insider.
On Friday, Reuters had reported that Facebook and Instagram would allow users in certain countries, when discussing the invasion, to post threats about Russian soldiers, its head of state, and, apparently, Russian people, though a Meta spokesperson clarified the latter policy in a statement.
"In light of the ongoing invasion of
Reuters further reported Friday that Facebook and Instagram would permit users in Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and others to call for the death of Putin or Lukashenko, as long as they didn't have "two indicators of credibility, such as the location or method," the outlet wrote. Clegg appeared to change that rule in his internal post Sunday.
In another seeming change, the revised content moderation policies, he said, only affect users in Ukraine and "only in the context of speech regarding the Russian military invasion of Ukraine," Bloomberg reported.
Clegg discussed the policies more publicly in a Tweet Friday that defended the company's new decisions on content moderation, after officials in Russia asked a court to designate Meta as an extremist organization. (Instagram was blocked in Russia today.)
"The fact is, if we applied our standard content policies without any adjustments we would now be removing content from ordinary Ukrainians expressing their resistance and fury at the invading military forces, which would rightly be viewed as unacceptable," Clegg's statement read.
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