Apart from greenlighting hate speech in certain countries, Meta will also allow posts “that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko,” Reuters reported, citing internal company emails.
In another inexplicable move, corporate emails also showed that praising Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov battalion will also be considered “okay,” according to The Intercept. The Azov Regiment, founded by white supremacists, is now a unit of the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU) that has enjoyed cooperation with Washington as a tool to propel radical forces in Ukraine against Russia, investigative journalists have found. Its members have engaged in hostilities against the people of Donbas in Eastern Ukraine, and in 2016, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) officially accused them of war crimes, including kidnapping, torture and mass looting. Azov has been one of the primary tools used by Kiev in its crackdown against anti-Maidan protesters.