(ORDO NEWS) — The company believes that in this way they make allowances for “forms of political expression.”
Meta Platforms allowed users of social networks Facebook and Instagram in some countries to call for violence against the Russian military in the context of the military operation in Ukraine. This was confirmed by the representative of the company Andy Stone.
“We have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules, such as violent speech. We still will not tolerate plausible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” he said on his Twitter page.
Earlier this decision was reported by Meta with reference to internal letters of the company Reuters agency . Moreover, it was, among other things, calls for violence against all Russians (in the context of the situation in Ukraine), soldiers (not prisoners of war) and the death of Presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko.
According to media reports, such posts will be allowed in Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine, as long as they do not involve other people as a target and do not reveal the location of the person and the method of reprisal.
The Russian embassy in Washington urged the US authorities to pay attention to Meta’s “extremist activities” and stop them.
“The actions of the company are another evidence of the information war without rules declared on our country. We demand that the US authorities stop the extremist activities of Meta and take measures to bring the perpetrators to justice, ”the diplomatic mission said.
The State Duma, in turn, reported that they would send an appeal to the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor General’s Office, and the vice speaker of the Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachev, called for a ban on Facebook and Instagram, calling such a lifting of restrictions “criminal.”
The head of the commission of the upper house for the protection of state sovereignty at the same time recalled that the actions of Meta fall under the criminal law of Russia.
“I hope our law enforcement agencies will take the facts of incitement to attack Russian citizens under special notice. UC allows it. Our diplomats have already said their word.
A graduate of Harvard (we are talking about Mark Zuckerberg. – Approx. ed. ) should have learned biblical wisdom long ago: “he who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind,” he said.
The Belarusian Ministry of Information also warned social media users that extremist publications and calls for acts of violence are fraught with administrative and criminal liability, and the companies themselves may face blocking.
Recall that Facebook was blocked in Russia on March 4 after the social network restricted access to the accounts of some Russian media and resources.
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