(TruthandLiberty.com) – In the early days of its infancy, social media played a vital role in helping shape perceptions of countries undergoing Democratic reforms. In 2012, the Arab Spring arose amidst a wave of protests against ruthless regimes in the Middle East. In the same year, Israel announced a military offensive against Hamas on Twitter. Over time, social media platforms changed and evolved, especially regarding US domestic politics.
Still, when countries commit wrongs against another, some social media companies openly allow military and social posts. Now, some claim the Russian war against Ukraine is the most Internet-accessible war in history. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a master at using social media to help his cause against the Russian invasion of his country. Still, some wondered how Facebook might respond, considering some of Zelenskyy’s posts appeared to violate the social media giant’s terms of service.
War is not only a military opposition on UA land. It is also a fierce battle in the informational space. I want to thank @Meta and other platforms that have an active position that help and stand side by side with the Ukrainians.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 13, 2022
Recently, Meta (Facebook’s parent company) said it would temporarily allow forms of political expression that violated its terms of service. For example, the company said it would allow Ukrainians defending their country to post threats against the Russian army. Zelenskyy praised the social media giant for its response to the crisis in Ukraine and for helping him win the propaganda war. Still, the company warned it would not allow posts that call for violence against Russian civilians. Moscow responded to Meta’s statement by banning Facebook and Instagram within Russia.
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