The relationship between the American president and social networks is not easy. Now it was Facebook that removed a recent ad from the Donald Trump campaign because it contained an image alluding to Nazi symbology.
The image itself showed an inverted red triangle, an insignia that have been worn by Adolf Hitler’s prisoners
Lately, the President of the United States of America has had some disagreements with social networks. On Twitter, Trump posted some tweets that were later flagged as the need for fact-checking. It was the CEO of the social network, Jack Dorsey, who was responsible for this decision, which consequently aroused adverse reactions from the American president.
Then, due to recent events that led to demonstrations against racism, several Facebook employees criticized Mark Zuckerberg’s lack of action in the face of Donald Trump’s publications on the social network. These outrages even led to the dismissal of an employee of the social network.
But it seems that, after all, Facebook is not that much on the president’s side.
Donald Trump campaign ad with the Nazi symbol banned from Facebook
On Thursday, Facebook announced the removal of an ad from the Donald Trump campaign that included an image alluding to Nazi symbology. The publication contained the image of an inverted red triangle that was commonly used by Hitler’s political prisoners.
The inclusion of this symbol was enough for Facebook to take serious action and eliminate the publication referring to the current President of the United States.
In the publication, the Team Trump movement made some comments about leftist radical groups.
This is no longer the first time that Zuckerberg’s social network has eliminated publications and advertisements from the Donald Trump campaign. But this time the attitude is more significant since the publication was made in the context of a 2020 election campaign.
The President of the United States is campaigning for reelection using a Nazi concentration camp symbol.
Nazis used the red triangle to mark political prisoners and people who rescued Jews.
Trump & the RNC are using it to smear millions of protestors.
Their masks are off. pic.twitter.com/UzmzDaRBup
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) June 18, 2020
And if Facebook employees initially thought that Zuckerberg supported and protected what the President of the United States published, this decision proves that it is not so.
According to Facebook:
We removed these messages and ads because they violate our policy against organized hatred.
Our policy prohibits the use of the symbol that identifies political prisoners of a prohibited hate group, without the context that condemns or contributes to the discussion about the symbol.
On the other hand, in a statement sent to the American press, Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, states that:
The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, which is why it was included in an advertisement about Antifa.
It must be said that Facebook has an emoji exactly the same, so it is curious that only attack this ad. The image is also missing from the Anti-Defamation League’s hate symbol database. It is ironic that a Trump announcement was needed to compel the media to recognize that Antifa is a hate organization.