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The company, which owns Facebook and Instagram, will allow its users in some countries to call for violence against Vladimir Putin and Russian soldiers.
Meta says some of these violent talks will be given a temporary respite “Death to Russian Invaders”, It means violating its own rules.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Russian citizens.
In response, Russia has called on the United States to curb the “terrorist activities” of social media companies.
The announcement came after Reuters reported seeing internal emails outlining the policy change.
“In view of the development of the invasion of Ukraine, we have granted a temporary exemption for war victims to express their feelings on the invading armed forces,” a Meta spokesman told the BBC.
Under the changed policy, users in countries such as Russia, Ukraine and Poland They can emphasize the deaths of Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Belarus and Alexander Lukashenko..
Emails say calls for the death of these leaders will only be allowed if they have no other purpose or include location or procedures.
Moreover, calls for violence against the Russians will be allowed when the news clearly mentions the invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian embassy in the United States tweeted that “US authorities must stop terrorist activities in the meta and take action to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
“Facebook and Instagram users do not give the owners of these sites the right to determine the criteria of truth or to put one nation against another,” the statement added.
Separately, Russia’s attorney general demanded that Meta be appointed as a terrorist organization.
The United Nations Office of Human Rights said Facebook’s potential policy change was “worrying.”
This is not the first time Facebook has relaxed restrictions on violent speech. And the death penalty was imposed against certain leaders.
In 2021, the social network temporarily allowed its users to post the news of the death of Iranian leader Khamenei during two weeks of anti – government protests in the country.
According to the Washington Post, Silicon Valley technology companies are under great pressure to isolate Russia as it continues its occupation of Ukraine.
Last week, Russia announced that it would block Facebook and its site, citing 26 “discrimination” cases against the Russian media since October 2020.
Even Access to the social network is already restrictedOh In RussiaWas completely inaccessible.
Moscow has cracked down on social media sites as it continues to call itself a “special operation” in Ukraine.
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