Facebook pulls down Trump campaign ads, claiming they contain Nazi imagery

The ads violated Facebook's policy against 'organized hate.'

Updated: June 18, 2020 - 5:29pm

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Facebook on Thursday pulled several ads on its servers posted by the Trump campaign, claiming that they utilized Nazi imagery and consequently violated the social media company's prohibition on "organized hate." 

The ads, which targeted what they referred to as "dangerous MOBS of far-left groups," incorporated an image of an upside-down red triangle. The Trump campaign called it "a symbol widely used by antifa." 

But the Anti-Defamation League said the image was "practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps."

The Nazis were known to affix various symbols on prisoners to differentiate groups from one another. 

Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told news outlets that the company had removed the 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," he said. 

Yet Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, denied that assessment. "The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa," he said in an email to Just the News.

"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," he added.

"The image is also not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s database of symbols of hate. But it is ironic that it took a Trump ad to force the media to implicitly concede that Antifa is a hate group."

Numerous antifa merchandise such as posters, magnets and prints do appear to associate the upside-down red triangle with antifascist activism. 

One listing for upside-down red triangle stickers advertises them as "9 convenient stickers of a red triangle so you can spread the word on antifascist propaganda. Fight for equality and civil rights."

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