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Facebook censorship of the advertisements of the candidate Trump emblazoned with a nazi symbol

It took 15 days for that Facebook removes from the platform 88 ads pro-Trump sporting a nazi symbol. Thursday night, the social network announced today that they have unpublished these ads to campaign for the re-election of Donald Trump in November, carry a red triangle, the symbol of the political prisoners sent to the nazi concentration camps. Identified by the NGO Media Matters, they had since 3 June. "We have removed these posts and pubs because they violate our rules on hate organized", said a spokesman for the giant of social networks on Thursday.

screenshot of the advertisement removed by Facebook. HANDOUT/AFP

"the dangerous hordes of the far left plying our streets to create chaos, read this advertisement. Sign up IMMEDIATELY to support our president Trump and his decision to include the Antifas as a terrorist group." Under this message, there was a large red triangle copying strangely the nazi symbol next to the political prisoners. "Our rules of use prohibit the use of a symbol used by a small group of hateful prohibits designating political prisoners, without the necessary context to condemn or comment on this symbol," said a spokesman for Facebook.

A great classic of misinformation-fascist

Yann Le Cun, head of AI in Facebook.

"Note that the advertising was not removed because it was a lie, even if it is one: Antifa is an entity that has been created by Trump to scare his base and rally to him, commented the head of research in artificial intelligence at Facebook, Yann Le Cun, its page on Facebook. A great classic of disinformation, fascist."

The platform, however, has taken a lot of time to react, causing a new wave of outrage across the Atlantic. "Despite the violation of the rules of Facebook, the advertising was initially approved, is the president of Media matters, Angelo Carusone. This is a new example that the social network can't even enforce the minimum standards that it has itself enacted. Either because he is unable to, either because it is wicking. Whatever the reason, it's alarming." The red triangle is, however, used in the iconography of antifas, defended the campaign team of Trump. But very rarely, argue the analysts.

"It is up to the people to decide,"

Facebook is accused for a long time of not doing enough against political ads, sometimes false, which bloom on its platform. In recent weeks he has been very criticized, including in-house for not having done anything on a post from Donald Trump threatening the demonstrators from Black Lives Matter. "When the looting starts, the shooting starts," he wrote on Twitter and Facebook.

Under pressure, the founder and boss of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced Wednesday that the social network would now its users can hide ads policies on their pages. An option that will be generalized to the whole world by September. But you can not withdraw purely and simply political ads. "In a democracy, I think it's up to people to decide what is credible, not in the business of tech", has he said in the past.

The decision of Mark Zuckerberg, pro-freedom of expression, was found to be minimalist. Other social networks, like Twitter, have decided at the end of 2019 not to allow political advertising. "We believe that the scope of a political message must be earned not bought", had then explained Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of the network.

Facebook is not completely inactive and is committed to transparency. "We continue to fuel a library that is open to advertising policies, a tracker to quickly see how and where the candidates for the us presidential election of November spend their advertising budget, explained a person in charge of Facebook Wednesday during a press conference. We have also a process of authorization for political ads in order to check who are the advertisers, and where they are based in the United States." A way also to fight against the attempts to influence foreign.

For social networks, which are funded by advertising, political propaganda represents a very important market, especially during election years.

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The day I learned that Hitler loved dogs I have been bitten mine. The hate will not go !

founard pierrele 19/06/2020 at 11:52 am

better and better...soon we will acknowledge the alphabet to be a nazi...because the nazis used it....

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