Facebook Removed Trump’s Ads Containing the Nazi Symbol

  • AUTHOR: isbah
  • POSTED ON: June 19, 2020

On Thursday, Facebook said that they took action against Facebook ads posted by Trump's election campaign because it violated their standard of hate speech. Trump’s ad attacked some hate groups, calling them “dangerous MOBS on far-left groups” and it featured an upside-down triangle that is associated with the Nazi symbol.

Source: CNN

The Anti-Defamation League said that the triangle “is 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 policy against organized hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group's symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol,” Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, told CNN Business.

The company confirmed that the hate group is in fact that of the Nazis. Trump's election campaign asked the supporters to label the far-left group Antifa as a terrorist organization so that they can take military action against them.


Obviously, when the ad was removed by Facebook, the Trump campaign had to respond to the criticism. They said that the red triangle was in fact a “symbol widely used by Antifa”.


The ADL said that even though some Antifa activists use this symbol, it is not a common practice so including it in the ad was pointless.

Source: Forbes

This removal of ads can further strain the relationship between social media sites and the President who has already threatened to sue Twitter and Snapchat. Facebook was safe from the executive order as it did not remove Trump’s tweet that threatened the protestors of the BLM movement but this action can increase the tensions.


Updated June 19, 2020
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