Facebook removes Trump's re-election announcements featuring the Nazi symbol



Facebook has deleted a number of posts and ads running Donald Trump's re-election campaign featuring a symbol used by the Nazis in violation of "policy against organized hatred."


Civil rights leaders, Democratic politicians, and the company's own employees were under pressure Thursday to take strong claims against the president's bizarre and violent and hateful rhetoric on the platform, but this is not the first time policy violations have been removed from Facebook ads.

The now-deleted ads feature an image of the inverted red triangle with a black border and declare: "A terrible MOB of far-right groups is running through our streets and causing complete destruction." They are rioting and rioting in our cities - this is complete insanity… Please add your name to your stance and your decision to declare Antifa a terrorist organization. "

Trump and his campaign have repeatedly made false claims about "Antifa", a term that refers to a loose network of left-wing activists opposed to fascism and white nationalism. There is no evidence that Antifa organizations were involved in riots during the recent protests over the alleged murder of George Floyd.

The Nazis used the inverted red triangle to identify political prisoners in concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Bend the Arc, a progressive Jewish activist caught the attention of Twitter ads on Wednesday: "The United States President is campaigning for reelection using the Nazi concentration camp logo ... Trump and the RNC." To sleep millions of protesters. Their masks are sealed. "

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said on Twitter, "It's very disrespectful to use it to attack political opponents." "[The president's] campaign must learn its history, for ignorance does not excuse the use of Nazi symbols."

The posts appeared to be organic and paid content, and an account of Trump's Facebook page was also published by his running mate Mike Pence.

"We have removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate," a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. "Our policy prohibits the use of the symbol of the detained detention group, without identifying or discussing political prisoners."

The Trump campaign has said on Twitter that the inverted triangle is the "Antifa's most widely used symbol", a testament to the German e-commerce t-shirt printing company Spreadsheet, where "a wide variety of products are available for sale."

Regardless of the tee-shirt site, the standard iconography associated with the Antifa is a picture of two flags, often a red and a black, or three arrows image down and to the left - a symbol. It has historically been associated with the resistance of shirts. Nazism

This is not the first time that Facebook has removed ads related to the Trump campaign for violating its content rules. In 2018, the company fired a racist and xenophobic statement about immigrant caravans, claiming it violated its regulations against "sensational content." CNN declined to say the announcement was racist, helped other television networks, and even Facebook blocked the ad.

In March, Facebook fired misleading statements from Trump that he was concerned that they would interfere with the census. The ads urged supporters to click on the link to take a campaign poll called "Official Congress District Census." These announcements were implemented in the weeks leading up to the US Census, which is partly online for the first time in 2020, due to concerns that the announcement may cause confusion about the actual census.

Facebook has been criticized for years over Trump's behavior on its platform, but when Trump threatened violence against those protesting against George Floyd D at the end of May, the pressure was heightened by a phrase used by the racist 1960s police chief: "When the robbery begins, the shooting begins".

Despite Twitter's actions on Trump's statement, citing the potential for inciting violence, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that such a post would not contravene Facebook rules because the company had a policy of allowing state actors to threaten state violence. Zuckerberg's argument was dismissed by civil rights leaders and many of his own staff, some of whom displayed a rare public display of dissatisfaction with "virtual walkouts."

On Wednesday, several US civil rights groups, including NAACP, ADL and Color of Change, launched a campaign for prominent advertisers to pull their business off Facebook.

"We are disappointed and shocked by Mark Zuckerberg's commitment to white supremacy, voter suppression, and the utter defense of lies," said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. "As corporations take a stance against racism in our society, they need to consider how Facebook can support their advertising dollars in making blacks less safe online."

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