Facebook Just Took Down a Trump Campaign Ad for Violating Its Policy on Hate
The ad used a controversial symbol to attack Antifa
The ads centered on what the campaign called “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups” (particularly Antifa) and featured an upside triangle, which the Anti-Defamation League said “is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps.”
While the site Media Matters also noted the symbol resembled an “infamous Nazi symbol,” a tweet from a Trump campaign account argued that the upside red triangle was an emoji, used by Antifa and “not in the ADL’s hate symbol database.” Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL weighed in, tweeting, “The Nazis used red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps. Using it to attack political opponents is highly offensive. @POTUS’ campaign needs to learn its history, as ignorance is no excuse for using Nazi-related symbols.”
This is an emoji.🔻
It's also a symbol widely used by Antifa. It was used in an ad about Antifa.
It is not in the ADL's Hate Symbols Database. pic.twitter.com/V4fK8QWHKD
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The ad was supposedly seen over one million times in user feeds on Trump’s page alone, according to Facebook.
While the ads are gone, Facebook has still allowed the president wide leeway on posts that other social media sites have found inflammatory.
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