Meta loosens restrictions on hate speech, and users in certain countries such as Ukraine can post “Death to Putin”

It has been more than 2 weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the war is at a stalemate. Reuters reported that Meta’s internal emails obtained from Meta show that under the Russian-Ukrainian war, Meta temporarily relaxed its platform policy on hate speech, which will allow Facebook and Instagram users in certain countries to use hate speech against invading soldiers and Russian President Vladimir Putin. , Belarus President Lukashenko issued a post.

Facebook and Instagram platforms use AI artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to usually exclude hate speech, content that incites violence from the platform, and even content censorship is so strict that users are “supposed” from time to time. However, in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Meta temporarily relaxed its content of hate and violence, and did not remove the content of posts that were hostile to Russian leaders and leaders of the invading army.

“Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we temporarily allow political expressions that typically violate community norms, such as ‘death to the Russian invaders’,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement. However, we still do not allow users Verbal violence against ordinary Russians.”

The content of the email also shows that the content of posts wishing for the death of the two leaders of Russia and Belarus will be allowed to be published unless the post names another target or contains two credible indicators, such as the place or method of death, in which case Not allowed.

This temporary policy relaxation applies to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine, the war’s biggest victim.

In the face of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, most social platforms have announced new content restrictions, including blocking Russian state-run media RT TV, Sputnik, etc., in order to reduce users’ exposure to false information that unilaterally favors Russia. To this end, the Moscow authorities also ordered a counterattack, prohibiting citizens from visiting Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.