Facebook often finds itself in hot water around the world for its content moderation decisions. The latest flash point arrived this week in Ukraine, where government officials are begging the social media giant to stop the “unfair” blocking of posts about the ongoing Russian invasion.
According to Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, there is a “new wave of blocking” against Ukrainian bloggers and activists that is hurting the ability for the country’s civilians and military to obtain accurate information. He also called on the company to be more transparent about its moderation policies so that Ukrainians know why their content is triggering a ban.
“Social media was created to tell the truth. But we can’t do it enough when social media policies are only made for peacetime,” Fedorov wrote in a letter to Meta President of Global Policy Nick Clegg. “We understand Meta’s hate speech policy, but find it unfair to block accounts and hide posts. We know that Ukraine will win. But with your help, it will happen much faster.”
Facebook generally tries to maintain a neutral position in sensitive international situations like this. However, the company has previously allowed for posts calling for the death of Russian soldiers, so it may be more amenable to Ukraine’s demands than it seems.
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