"We don't allow symbols that represent hateful organizations or hateful ideologies unless they're put up with context or condemnation." Facebook on Thursday removed dozens of controversial Trump campaign ads that it says violated its 'organized hate' policy.
The ads showed a red inverted triangle, a symbol the Nazis used to identify political prisoners, with text asking Facebook users to sign a petition against antifa, a loosely organized anti-fascist movement.
President Trump and Attorney General William Barr have repeatedly singled out antifa as a major instigator of recent unrest during nationwide anti-racism protests, with little evidence.
Critics quickly called out the ad as anti-Semitic and highly offensive.
Appearing remotely before U.S. lawmakers on Thursday, Facebook's head of Security Policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the deletion of such ads is consistent with their policy to remove the symbol, either automatically or manually when flagged by users.
"You obviously want to be careful to allow someone to put up a symbol to condemn it or to discuss it, but in a situation where we don't see either of those, we don't allow it on the platform and we're going to remove it.
That's what we saw in this case with this ad.
And anywhere that that symbol was used, we would take the same actions." A spokesman for the Trump campaign, said in an email that the inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa.
The Anti-Defamation League, a JewishNGO, said that while there have been some antifa who have used the red triangle, it was not a commonly used symbol by the group.
Facebook has previously removed Trump campaign ads, including ones that violated the company's policy against misinformation.
President Donald Trump says he is encouraging mail voting in Florida whileopposing it being rolled out nationwide, because the state has "a greatRepublican governor" and is "so well run". This comes only days after Mr Trumpthreatened to sue Nevada over a new vote-by-mail law. Mr Trump compares thesystem in Nevada to that in Florida, a critical swing state which he claims ismuch better prepared for mail-in voting.
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Aerial footage shows the devastating impact of a massive explosion that killed at least 100 people in Lebanon’s capital Beirut.
Officials said the huge blast, caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, also injured more than 4,000.
It has emerged that the chemical was stored unsafely in a warehouse near the city’s port, where the explosion occurred.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has said that “those responsible will pay the price for this disaster.”
Authorities are still struggling to establish the full scale of the damage, as rescue efforts continue. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Minister Nick Gibb says the government is considering the level of support it will provide to Lebanon following the 'tragic' explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. Report by Etemadil. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday agreed to rehear arguments that could potentially lead to the reopening of the case against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser. Gavino Garay has more.
In a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr denied accusations by House Democrats that he is doing President Trump's bidding by intervening in high-profile cases and sending federal agents into U.S. cities. Lisa Bernhard reports.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler chastised U.S. Attorney General William Barr at a congressional hearing on Tuesday saying Barr "aided and abetted the worst failings of the president."
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday defended himself in front of a Democratic-led House of Representative committee, denying accusations that he abused his power to help President Donald Trump's associates.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Trump after he floated a baseless conspiracy theory in one of his tweets.
The president commented on an incident involving Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground by police in Buffalo, New York.
Trump described the elderly man as an “Antifa provocateur”, and claimed he was scanning “police communications in order to block out the equipment.”
McEnany insisted that the president was only pointing out “questions that need to be asked,” adding that Trump did not regret what he said. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Asked about President Donald Trump's tweet claiming the elderly man pushed to the ground last week in Buffalo, New York, by police may be a member of ANTIFA, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday said most American police officers are among the best and the brightest.
A Reuters review of federal charging documents found no reference to the anarchist group President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have blamed for recent violence and looting. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday promoted an unfounded claim that a 75-year-old man critically injured by police in Buffalo may have been trying to sabotage police equipment on behalf of an extremist group. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
Hunter, Oklahoma, resident Daniel John Feaster is behind bars after shooting a woman who tried to steal his flag. It was a Nazi swastika flag. Police say the 26-year-old woman was shot multiple times early Sunday after taking one of two swastika flags from Feaster's front yard. The woman was at a nearby party and apparently stole the flag on a dare—though distaste for Adolf Hitler's genocidal regime may also have played a role.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minneapolis, Minnesota in congress. She is facing a stiff primary challenge from lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux. Melton-Meaux raised an absurd $3.2 million in the second quarter of this year to Omar’s $471,000. Omar represents a sizable Jewish community in her district. She has been the face of multiple national controversies for her perceived use of coded anti-Semitic language.
The Israeli government faces calls from campaigners to declare sovereignty over ancient Jewish ruins on land in the occupied West Bank that Israel does not plan to annex under U.S. President Donald Trump's peace blueprint. Emer McCarthy reports.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has defended the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey - saying the decision was about 'restoring trust' with Jewish communities after the former Shadow Education Secretary re-tweeted an article containing alleged anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Report by Connerv. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Ludhiana's Buddha Nullah, once the centre of social life, has now become a 'source of cancer'. "Sewerage treatment plants are not working in the city, the toxic water flows into Buddha nullah water body, the massive inflow of untreated sewage and industrial effluents into the water body in recent years has now turned it into a source of disease like cancer," said a NGO worker, Jaswant Singh. "The toxic flows into river Sutlej, which is one of life line of Ludhiana city," the NGO worker added. The river Sutlej, which originates from Mansarovar Lake in Tibet, flows through Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The mayor of Ludhiana City, Balkar Singh Sidhu informed, "Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, himself watching out the cleaning project of Buddha Nullah water body. I hope, it will become the old and clean water body again as it was earlier."
An NGO extended support to women refugees from Pakistan living in Majnu-ka-Tila, so that they can earn their livelihoods by making rakhis. One of them, Rani said, "We're making rakhis for our brothers who're fighting for us at borders. We want to thank them, our blessings are with them." Rakshabandhan will fall on August 03 this year.