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Facebook takes down Trump ads over ‘organized hate’ policy

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about police reform earlier than signing an government order on the difficulty within the Rose Garden on the White House in Washington, U.S., June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) mentioned on Thursday it took down posts and adverts run by the re-election marketing campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump for violating its coverage towards organized hate.

The adverts confirmed a pink inverted triangle with textual content asking Facebook customers to signal a petition towards antifa, a loosely organized anti-fascist motion.

In a tweet on Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, mentioned of the image: “The Nazis used red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps. Using it to attack political opponents is highly offensive.”

The Facebook adverts had been run on pages belonging to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and in addition appeared in adverts and natural posts on the “Team Trump” web page.

“Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” mentioned a Facebook firm spokesperson.

“The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa,” Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump marketing campaign, mentioned in an e mail.

“We would note that Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad. The image is also not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate.”

A spokesman for the ADL mentioned its database was not one among historic Nazi symbols however of these “commonly used by modern extremists and white supremacists in the United States.”

He additionally mentioned that there have been some antifa who’ve used the pink triangle, however that it was not a very widespread image utilized by the group.

Reporting by Ayanti Bera and Elizabeth Culliford; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Dan Grebler


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