As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to rage, social media giant Facebook has partly backtracked on its previous announcement last week that calling for violence against Russians on its platform is acceptable, clarifying that calling specifically for the death of world leaders like Vladimir Putin goes against its rules.
Global Affairs President Nick Clegg stated in an internal Facebook post: “We are now narrowing the focus to make it explicitly clear in the guidance that it is never to be interpreted as condoning violence against Russians in general. We also do not permit calls to assassinate a head of state… So, in order to remove any ambiguity about our stance, we are further narrowing our guidance to make explicit that we are not allowing calls for the death of a head of state on our platforms.”
Clegg added: “These are difficult decisions. Circumstances in Ukraine are fast moving. We try to think through all the consequences, and we keep our guidance under constant review because the context is always evolving.”
“The context is always evolving” is Facebook’s way of saying that their rules depend on whatever is politically expedient for left-wing Mark Zuckerberg‘s Big Tech organization.