Facebook is reversing a ban on users praising Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, previously included in the platform’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, amidst Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Internal memos from the social media platform, which has routinely censored mainstream conservative content, reveal it will “allow praise of the Azov Battalion when explicitly and exclusively praising their role in defending Ukraine OR their role as part of the Ukraine’s National Guard.” “Internally published examples of speech that Facebook now deems acceptable include “Azov movement volunteers are real heroes, they are a much needed support to our national guard”; “We are under
Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors insisted speech that leads to “violent mobs should not be protected” in 2017. The unearthed comments follow a spate of riots, violence, and destruction at the hands of Black Lives Matter (BLM), and a New York chapter leader vowing the organization would “burn down this system” if their demands aren’t met. Several individuals – including retired Captain David Dorn, Italia Kelly, and Patrick Underwood – have died as a result of the group’s destructive protests. The organization has also placed a target on cops’ backs, appearing to inspire attacks on law enforcement personnel nationwide.