According to Reuters, Facebook and Instagram posts calling to Vladimir Putin’s murder – as well as violence against Russian soldiers – will temporarily be allowed in certain countries.
Meta, the owner of both social networks, reportedly sent emails explaining that it is making allowances for political expressions that would otherwise be in violation of our rules to moderators.
Encouragement of violence against Russian civilians is prohibited. Posts calling for the death of the president will be removed if they discuss other targets or a location.
Posts about Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian President, have been allowed to be posted without restrictions. This was in response to Russia’s invasion.
According to the report by the news agency, only users in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Estonia can apply to this temporary policy.
Reuters received an email stating that they would issue a spirit of the policy allowance to allow T1 violence speech when it: (a) targets Russian soldiers, EXCEPT prisoners-of-war or (b) targets Russians where it is clear that the context of the Russian invasion in Ukraine (e.g. content mentions self-defence etc.).
The message explained that “Russian soldiers” were being used to proxy for the military to assist with this invasion.
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Russia tightens social network access
Russia announced last week that it would ban Facebook, after the social media network started restricting access to certain state media outlets.
Europe has been blocked by RT and Sputnik via social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Both sites removed the posts of the Russian Embassy in Britain about the bombing at Mariupol’s children’s hospital. They were in violation of rules prohibiting the denial of violent events.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (the Ukrainian President) stated that three people, including a child, were killed in Wednesday’s airstrike. It also struck a maternity unit.
One post from the Russian Embassy shared images that were tagged with a red label. This label labelled them “fake”. The Russian Embassy then claimed that the maternity unit wasn’t operational and was being used at the time by Ukrainian soldiers.
Twitter responded to Russia’s blockades by launching a privacy-protected site, known as an “onion-service”, that can be accessed via dark web.
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