Finally, Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg just couldn’t refuse to take down something Donald Trump.
The social media platform declared that they removed at least 88 ads on Thursday that were “violating [their] policy against organized hate.”
With a symbol notably used by the Nazi party in World War II to identify political dissidents in concentration camps, the ads in question were all identical and featured an upside-down red triangle. A spokesperson wrote about the takedown that, “Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”
The ads were initially posted on Wednesday from the president’s official account, the vice president’s official account, and the official Trump campaign account. Later in the day, multiple advocacy groups and social media users called out the ads as “campaigning for reelection using a Nazi concentration camp symbol.”
However, a Twitter account for the Trump campaign denied the claims, stating, “This is an emoji. 🔻It’s also a symbol widely used by Antifa. It was used in an ad about Antifa. It is not in the ADL’s Hate Symbols Database.”