Facebook removes Trump ads containing symbols used by Nazis to identify political prisoners

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Source: CNBC

By Salvador Rodriguez; @SAL19

KEY POINTS
  • Facebook removed Trump campaign ads that contained a symbol associated with Nazis.
  • The ads featured red downward-pointing triangles, which the Nazis used to mark political prisoners.
  • The symbol was used in ads by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump campaign.

Facebook on Thursday announced that it removed ads from President Donald Trump’s campaign that contained a symbol associated with Nazis.

“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”

The ads contained red downward-pointing triangles, which the Nazis used to mark political prisoners. The symbol was used in ads by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump campaign.

One variation of the ad was targeted primarily to male voters in Texas and had the potential to reach more than 1 million users, according to Facebook’s Ad Library.

Campaign officials contended that the symbol is sometimes used by antifa, a loosely organized coalition of anti-fascists, although it does not appear to be commonly used. Trump has, without evidence, blamed antifa for violence at protests over the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.

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  1. Facebook takes down Trump ads ‘for violating our policy against organized hate’

    New York (CNN Business)Facebook (FB) on Thursday said it had taken action against ads run by President Trump’s re-election campaign for breaching its policies on hate. The ads, which attacked what the Trump campaign described as “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups,” featured an upside-down triangle.

    The Anti-Defamation League said Thursday the triangle “is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps.”

    “We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, told CNN Business.

    The hate group to which Facebook was referring in its statement is Nazis, the company confirmed.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/18/tech/facebook-trump-ads-triangle-takedown/index.html

    • It is sensible step by Facebook both to stay course with law and misuse of a giant social media for twisted politics that could mislead millions.

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