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Meta withdraws its request for guidance on the content policy of the war in Ukraine

A man stands in front of a Meta sign at its corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S. October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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May 11 (Reuters) – Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) said on Wednesday it had withdrawn a request for policy guidance from its oversight board regarding content moderation of posts related to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

“This decision was not taken lightly – the PAO (Policy Advisory Opinion) was withdrawn due to ongoing security concerns,” the company said in a blog post.

In March, Reuters announced that the social media platform would allow Facebook and Instagram users in certain countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the invasion of Ukraine. . Read more

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“While the board of directors understands these concerns, we believe the application raises important questions and are disappointed with the company’s decision to withdraw it,” the company’s supervisory board said.

“The importance for the company of defending freedom of expression and human rights has only grown.”

Meta said it was setting up a special operations center made up of experts from across the company, including native Russian and Ukrainian speakers, to monitor its platforms.

(This story corrects headline and paragraph 1 to say Meta withdrew request for Board of Overseer guidance, not guidance)

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Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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