The Facebook social network removed 88 posts posted to the accounts of US President Donald Trump, his election campaign and US Vice President Mike Pence. These messages could be aimed at inciting hatred. They also used Nazi symbols.
It is reported by Reuters.
The deleted messages had a red inverted triangle. This symbol is considered Nazi, as they used it to identify political prisoners. According to Facebook policy, the use of such characters in publications is prohibited.
“The Nazis used red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps,” Jonathan Greenblatt, president of ADL (American human rights organization protecting Jews) wrote on Thursday, responding to Trump’s and his team’s respective posts.
In these posts it was said that “dangerous crowds of extreme left groups are running along our streets and causing absolute lawlessness.” It concerned actions against racism which took place in the USA after the murder of black American George Floyd by the police.
“We removed these posts and advertisements for violating our policy of organized hatred. Our policy prohibits the use of the symbol of a forbidden hate group to identify political prisoners without a context condemning or discussing the symbol, ”Facebook said.
Such a decision by Facebook is also perceived as a new step in the confrontation between Trump and social networks.
But Trump claims that the inverted triangle is the logo of Antifa, an anti-fascist organization that the president proposes to consider terrorist.
“The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it is in Antifa reports,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaug.
Reuters noted that the total coverage of 88 deleted posts is at least 800 thousand impressions.
Mark Bray, a historian at Rutgers University and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, said that some left-wing groups in Britain and Germany started using the red triangle after World War II, but they were never used by Antifa representatives in the United States.
Head of Facebook’s security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the social network will be consistent in its reaction, deleting other posts using the symbol, regardless of who wrote the post.