A lot of American corporations have been doing their part to put the squeeze on Russia: Starbucks and McDonald’s have ceased operations in the country, Apple is no longer selling products there, and so on. Corporations are doing their part to stand with Ukraine.

Facebook and Instagram want to get in on the action too, and Reuters reports that content moderators in some countries will let calls for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers slide. Calls for the death of Vladimir Putin are OK, too.

Reuters reports:

“As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech such as ‘death to the Russian invaders.’ We still won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement.

The calls for the leaders’ deaths will be allowed unless they contain other targets or have two indicators of credibility, such as the location or method, one email said, in a recent change to the company’s rules on violence and incitement.

So you can blow off steam, but posting the method by which you’d kill Putin would violent the company’s rules.

When the conflict is settled, and how it’s settled, we wonder how Facebook will put the old rules back into place.


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