Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has responded to Ukrainians' complaints about "unfair" deleting and blocking of their Facebook posts and accounts. The tech boss says they were too hateful.
In a Thurdsay Q&A session, Zuckerberg dismissed claims of Russian influence being behind the blockings. He was responding to a complaint that had garnered almost 50,000 likes.
As an example of unfair blocking, the complaint post used the picture of a Ukrainian soldier's daughter, which, he said, was reported as containing nudity. The picture, while showing nothing of the kind, was accompanied by hate speech directed at Russia's President Putin. Zuckerberg said the " nudity" tag was a software glitch, and the post was indeed taken down for hate speech.
"We don't allow content that is overtly hateful, contains ethnic slurs, or incites violence," Zuckerberg said about the blockings. " There were a few posts that tripped that rule, and I think we did the right thing according to our policies by taking down that content ."
The social network's founder said he had "done some research" prior to answering, and he was adamant the takedowns were not politically motivated. He also denied there was any Russian involvement in the moderation of the Ukrainian posts. In fact, there is no such thing as a " Russian Facebook office " mentioned in some of the complaints. Posts from both Russia and Ukraine are moderated in Ireland.
Earlier, Russian opposition blogger Anton Nossik accused "Kremlin bots" of leading a cyber-war against "unwanted " posts. He said they spam the moderators with reports about the posts, and "an English-speaking website moderator who doesn’t read Russian and doesn’t understand the situation concludes the post really does violate some community guidelines ."