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You cannot threaten to assassinate Russian President, Vladimir Putin on Facebook, Meta warns

The parent company of Facebook and Instagram, Meta has warned users on threatening posts or speeches calling for the death of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, or any head of state.

According to Reuters, the company said that reports of it relaxing its hate speech policy only apply to posts made by Ukrainians who threaten to attack Russian forces and when it concerns speech relating to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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The clarification became necessary after Reuters first reported that Meta changed its hate speech policy in Russia, Ukraine, and Poland in order to allow such threats against the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko because of the invasion which enters its third week. 

According to an internal post on Sunday, March 20, 2022, President of Global Affairs at Meta, Nick Clegg sad is now focusing on making it very clear in its guidance that its action should not be interpreted to mean that it condones violence against Russian citizens in general.

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