Facebook successfully removed ads published by the reelection campaign for President Donald Trump because they used Nazi iconography.
Just weeks ago, Facebook opposed a decision from Twitter to remove content from President Donald Trump explaining that Facebook should not be “an arbiter of truth.” This caused employees to react and organize a virtual walkout during a company-wide meeting with Mark Zuckerberg.
Today, in an unprecedented move, Facebook finally took action as the company moved to remove ads published by the reelection campaign for President Donald Trump that used Nazi iconography that warned against “dangerous mobs of far-left groups.”
The ads were posted by the pages for Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Team Trump, a campaign account. They featured an upside-down red triangle to rail against Antifa (a scattered collective of antifascist activists that Trump wants to designate as a terrorist group.) The thing is that the upside-down red triangle was used in Nazi Germany to identify communists, trade unionists, and other targets of Adolf Hitler’s genocidal regime.
“We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”
The ads had started running on Wednesday and reached hundreds of thousands of Facebook users before the company took them down on Thursday. They were purchased by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, the president’s reelection committee.
Facebook recently announced it will now let users completely switched off political ads should they choose to do so. We can only rejoice that Facebook finally took action to protect the integrity of the upcoming 2020 Presidential election.