Facebook blocks Trump election campaign ads

Facebook blocks Trump election campaign ads with an NS-like symbol

Donald Trump’s campaign team warned on Facebook of Antifa – using a sign that evokes memories of the Third Reich. Now the social network has blocked the ads.

Facebook has blocked ads from US President Donald Trump’s campaign team. The contributions had violated the rules of the online network against “organized hate”, the company said on Thursday.

There was a red triangle in the ads, strongly reminiscent of a symbol that political prisoners such as Communists had to wear in Nazi concentration camps. With the contributions, the campaign team warned of “radical leftist groups”.

“We don’t allow symbols that represent hateful organizations or hatred ideologies unless they are contextual or condemned,” said Facebook security chief Nathaniel Gleicher when asked about the issue at a Washington congressional hearing. “This is what we saw with this ad in this case. No matter where this symbol would be used, we would do the same. “

One of Team Trump’s posts reads, “Dangerous mobs and radical left-wing groups run through our streets and cause chaos.” They would “destroy our cities” and are responsible for “riots” – “it’s insane”. According to the Washington Post , the ads were linked to a petition on radical left-wing Antifa.

Trump’s campaign team had still defended Post When asked about the contributions, the campaign team initially tweeted on Thursday that the symbol was “used frequently by Antifa”. “It was used in an advertisement about Antifa.”

Trump has repeatedly blamed Antifa for rioting on the fringes of demonstrations following the death of African American George Floyd in a brutal police operation. However, there is no evidence that Antifa activists play a central role in the protests. Rather, armed right-wing extremists were repeatedly arrested on the sidelines of the protests.

Critics accuse Trump of wanting to put the nationwide demonstrations against racism and police violence in the US in a bad light – and to use his statements to further fuel tensions in the country.

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The handling of online networks such as Facebook and Twitter with Trump messages has recently come into focus. Twitter recently hid a tweet from the president for “glorifying violence” behind a warning for the first time.

Facebook, on the other hand, did not intervene in a post of the same name on the platform by the President and was criticized for it. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defends this by pointing to freedom of expression: it is not the task of online platforms to interfere in politicians’ messages.