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Facebook took down ads from the Trump campaign Thursday it says violated company guidelines against “organized hate.”
The ads, the campaign told CNN, attacked “dangerous MOBS of far-left groups,” and included an upside-down triangle.
The Anti-Defamation League however, said the triangle was “practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps.”
“We removed these posts and ads for violating our police against organized hate,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told CNN. “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”
The Trump campaign pushed back, pointing out that the triangle used in its ad is actually used by Antifa and is still available for users on Facebook.
“The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa,” campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh told The Federalist. “We would note that Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use, which looks exactly the same, so it’s curious that they would target only this ad. The image is also not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate.”
The censorship comes less than a month after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company would refuse to serve as the “arbiter of truth” following Twitter’s “fact-check” of President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed.