:facebook: March 10 (Reuters) - Platforms will allow and users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and soldiers in the context of the invasion, according to internal emails seen by Reuters on Thursday, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.

:facebook: 🇷🇺 New Today: A court in Russia has classified & as "extremist" for inciting violence against its people. More in this story from from Reuters:

@downey Also, isn't this just them acknowledging that 'I'm going to kill every Russian I see' means something different in a war zone compared to someone saying it in Melbourne?

First, no, it's just them trying to maximize engagement.

Second, though I know some people consider this moral relativism valid, I cannot relate.
Hate speech validation has no benefit save for dubious catharsis and the latter does no require it to be public.
On the other hand, saying "hate speech can be OK" has obvious and lasting negative impacts.

So I draw my line at "hate speech is wrong". Always. Period.

@silmathoron @downey I agree hate speech is always bad. I just don't agree that 'death to the invaders' is hate speech.

I'd say it qualifies.
Though "invaders" may be perceived as more "objective" or grounded in a factual context, I don't think it is. And it is too much of a slippery slope.

I totally understand why people feel that way and say that, I just don't think we should say it's OK to do so and I consider it hate speech regardless of the context.

History has shown efficient war speeches and slogans that did not rely on hate speech.

@downey Not a bad example of the limits of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".

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