Meta included in Russian register of extremist organizations

28 Jan 2023 10:42 pm

Meta Corporation has removed Ukraine’s Azov regiment, made up of far-right nationalists, from the list of dangerous organizations. Meta is recognized in Russia as an extremist organization, the Azov regiment as a terrorist organization.

Meta Corporation, which is classified as an extremist in Russia and which owns the social networks Facebook and Instagram that are banned in Russia, has removed the Azov Regiment of Ukraine, classified as a terrorist organization, from its list of dangerous people and organizations. The newspaper reported this The Washington Post citing a statement from the company. The article on Meta’s policy change states:

“With the recent change, the Azov regiment, a Ukrainian far-right military group, has been removed from the list of society’s dangerous individuals and organizations. This allows members of the Azov regiment to set up Facebook and Instagram accounts and post content without fear must be deleted as long as they do not violate company rules. This allows other users to openly praise and support the work of the regiment.”

Meta claims that “the Azov regiment is currently separate from the far-right Azov nationalist movement”. Meanwhile, Meta added in a statement that other “elements of the Azov movement, including the National Corps party and its founder Andrei Biletsky” remain on the list of dangerous individuals and organizations.

Earlier, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Digital Transformation Mikhail Fyodorov wrote on his Telegram channel that Meta promised not to block content about the Azov regiment. He wrote:

“This was agreed with Nick Clegg, the company’s President, Global Policy, and Monika Bickert, Vice President, Moderation Policy, at a meeting in Davos. Thank you, Meta, for the well-considered and important decision to change the moderation policy on Ukraine.”

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