Facebook removes trump campaign ads: for violating policies related to organized hatred


Sina science and technology news in the morning of June 19, Beijing time, according to foreign media reports, Facebook said Thursday that it had deleted posts and advertisements released by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign team due to its violation of policies against organized hatred.
The trump team’s ad shows a red inverted triangle, a symbol used by the Nazis to identify political prisoners, while the text in the ad asks Facebook users to sign a petition against the anti fascist movement.
Anti racist protests across the United States are still ongoing, and trump and William Barr, the US attorney general, have repeatedly pointed out that the “anti fascist movement” is the main instigator of recent unrest, but have provided little evidence.
“Our policy prohibits the use of symbols of banned hate groups to identify political prisoners unless there is a context to condemn or discuss them,” a Facebook spokesman said
The symbol appears not only in Facebook ads for trump and vice president Mike Pence, but also in ads and posts on the team trump page.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League “Whether or not they understand the history or significance of the symbol, the trump campaign’s use of the symbol – almost identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps – to attack opponents is offensive and deeply disturbing,” Greenblatt said in a statement
“The red inverted triangle is a symbol used by the anti fascist movement, so it will be added to an advertisement about this organization.” Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for Trump’s campaign, said in an email. “We’ve noticed that Facebook is still using a red inverted triangle emoticon that looks exactly the same, so it’s strange that they only target this ad. And there is no such graph in the database of hate symbols of the anti defamation coalition. ”
A spokesman for the anti defamation Alliance said the organization’s database did not contain historical Nazi symbols, but “symbols commonly used by modern extremists and white supremacists in the United States.”. The spokesman also said that some members of the anti fascist movement used the red inverted triangle symbol, but it was not a symbol that was particularly used by the organization.
Mark Bray, a historian at Rutgers University and author of the anti fascist Handbook, said that some left-wing groups in Britain and Germany began to use the red inverted triangle symbol after World War II, but he had never seen it used by anti Fascists in the United States.
According to foreign media statistics, the trump team put 88 versions of the ad on three Facebook pages, all of which use red inverted triangle symbols. According to Facebook data, the “impression” of the ad reached more than 800000 on Trump’s page.
Asked about the deletion of the ad, Nathaniel gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy, said at a hearing Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee that the company would do the same if the symbol appeared elsewhere on the Facebook platform.
Facebook has previously removed Trump’s campaign ads, some of which violate the company’s policy of misinformation about government censuses. (Tang Feng)