What couldn’t better illustrate the double standards of the oh-so-good and oh-so-left than this absolutely sick measure? As The Intercept reports, for the duration of the Ukraine war, Facebook allowed people to praise the fascist and Nazi Azov battalion fighting on the Ukrainian side. So far, content about the military group has been censored – that was also practical, since the public saw less clearly who was fighting for “good” Ukraine.
First of all, we would like to advise against breaking out into cheers and spreading photos of the Azov fighters swinging swastikas and SS runes. Just because Facebook is changing its “community standards” does not mean that the national prohibition laws in Germany and Austria are no longer in force. If the protection of the constitution and the judiciary “turn a blind eye” here too, the already shaky democracy has another serious problem.
These messages of praise are now permitted
According to Facebook’s internal policies, reviewed by The Intercept, Facebook will “allow praise for the Azov Battalion if it specifically and exclusively praises its role in defending Ukraine or its role as part of the Ukrainian National Guard.” Examples of speeches posted internally that Facebook now deems acceptable include: “Azov Movement volunteers are real heroes, they are a much-needed support for our National Guard”; “We are under attack. Azov has bravely defended our city for the last 6 hours”; and “I think Azov has a patriotic role to play in this crisis.”
The Azov Battalion was formed in 2014 and was supposed to take over the mainly Russian-inhabited provinces in the Donbass in a blitzkrieg. They did not succeed, but for 8 years it became bitter War of terror waged against the civilian population there – not only with the approval but on the direct orders of the Ukrainian governmentwhich came to power after a “color revolution” financed by George Soros and the US embassy, among others.
Terror, murder, rape and National Socialism
Wikipedia writes about Azov: The association, founded by nationalist politicians, is considered ultra-nationalist and because of the sometimes openly right-wing extremist political positions of many of its leaders and members and the use of corresponding symbols, as well as in Germany through connections and exchanges with the equally right-wing extremist III. Way or the Identitarian Movement, highly controversial.
The Intercept declared: Though they’ve downplayed their neo-Nazi sympathies in recent years, the group’s affinities aren’t subtle: Azov soldiers march and train in uniforms with Third Reich emblems; His leadership has reportedly courted American alt-right and neo-Nazi elements; and in 2010, the battalion’s first commander and a former Ukrainian parliamentarian, Andriy Biletsky, declared that Ukraine’s national purpose was “to lead the white races of the world in a last crusade… against Semite-led subhumans.”
For this same group, praise on Facebook is now allowed again, provided it is about operations against Russia.
The Intercept explains the status so far on Facebook: “Azov’s formal Facebook ban began in 2019 and the regiment, along with several associated individuals such as Biletsky, was placed under the company’s ban on hate groups, subject to its strictest ‘Tier 1’ restrictions, prevent users from expressing “praise, endorsement, or representation” of blacklisted companies on the company’s platforms. Facebook’s previously secret list of banned groups and individuals, released by The Intercept last year, categorized Azov Battalion along with Islamic State and the Ku Klux Klan, all Tier 1 groups, for their propensity for “serious offline harm.” and “violence against civilians”. Indeed, a 2016 report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights found that Azov soldiers had raped and tortured civilians during the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine.”