Giving credit where it is due:
Facebook has taken down an ad from the Trump campaign that went after antifa and leftist groups with a prominent display of an inverted red triangle in a black outline, a symbol the Nazis used for political dissenters.
Why it matters: Facebook has given politicians and campaigns wide latitude in what they say on its platform, but this appears to have been a step too far.
- While rare, it’s not unheard of. Facebook in March took down Trump campaign ads that referred to a “census.” The census it referred to was not the official U.S. Census, and Facebook had previously said it would take a strong stand on Census-related misinformation.
What they’re saying: “We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate,” Facebook 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 thing that shocks me, and ought to shock Facebook and Faceberg is that the framing of the story is NOT that Hair Füror is using Nazi symbols, but that Facebook finally took an action.
That’s a shameful tell.