Facebook took an unprecedented action against the re-election campaign for President Trump, removing multiple posts and advertisements that used red triangles associates with Antifa, claiming that this was Nazi iconography.
Trumps tweet warned against “dangerous mobs of far-left groups.”
Facebook said on Thursday that it took down the posts and ads for violating its policy against organized hate.
The red inverted triangle included in the material by the Trump campaign once marked political dissidents like Communists and Social Democrats, and now can be found on Antifa sites, propaganda and online ad campaigns.
Tim Pool provided analysis on the icon and the story, noting that he’s never seen it before.
Tim Murtagh, Director of Communications for the Trump campaign, strongly condemned Facebook’s censorship in a statement.
“The inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa,” said Murtagh. 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. 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.”
Despite Facebook’s actions Thursday, the ads, which were published on both President Trump’s and Vice President Pence’s Facebook pages Wednesday, had already garnered 1.5 million views by Thursday.
Many sites, mainstream and left-leaning took this narrative: “Facebook takes down another Trump campaign ad, this time for Nazi imagery,” which clearly conjures images of a swastika and not the red triangle.
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. pic.twitter.com/V4fK8QWHKD
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