On Thursday, Facebook announced it removed posts and ads registered by the re-election campaign of US President Donald Trump for transgressing it policy against organized hate.
The ad posted by the campaign showed an inverted triangle, a symbol used by Nazis to recognize political prisoners, asking users to sign a petition against Antifa, an anti-fascist organization.
The Trump government has repeatedly pointed out Antifa as a major initiator of the nationwide anti-racism protests, with little to no evidence.
“Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” said a Facebook spokesperson.Also Read–Trump to remove protection for big tech companies
“Whether aware of the history or meaning, for the Trump campaign to use a symbol – one which is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps – to attack his opponents is offensive and deeply troubling,” the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a statement.
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesperson for the campaign, said in an email, “The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa.”
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“We would note that Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad. The image is also not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate.”
A spokesperson for the ADL said the database was not based on Nazi symbols but those “commonly used by modern extremists and white supremacists in the United States.” He continued to explain the inverted triangle was only used by some Antifa and not a symbol of the organization.
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Facebook previously removed ads by the Trump campaign in which there was a violation of the company’s policy against misinformation on the government’s census.