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  • Meta pledges not to block content about Azov following agreements with Ministry of Digital Transformation
    Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, posted 19 January 2023 22:25

    Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov met in Davos with Meta’s President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg and Vice President of Content Policy Monika Bickert. The main topic of the meeting was the policy of moderating content about the war in Ukraine.

    Since February 24, the content on social media has changed significantly. More posts have appeared about the destruction, casualties and wounded due to the full-scale war. As a result, many Ukrainian bloggers faced the problem of content being blocked and removed. The team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation has been working with Meta for almost a year to resolve this issue, requesting that the content moderation policy be revised to reflect martial law.

    “Social networks have become a powerful tool for conveying truthful information about the war to the whole world. We are in constant communication with Meta Corporation. During the full-scale invasion, the company helped to unblock hundreds of public pages on Facebook and Instagram. We are very grateful to the company for its constant support and cooperation with our team. We are confident that the updated approach to the moderation of Ukrainian content will allow our defenders, activists and bloggers to cover truthful information on social media. This is an important step and a signal to the global community that the truth is with Ukraine,” said Mykhailo Fedorov.

    For the period of martial law in Ukraine, Meta has recently developed and adopted an adapted content moderation policy for the correct coverage of the war. This decision is gradually coming into effect. This will reduce the number of blocked accounts of Ukrainians.

    In particular, Meta will exclude the Azov Regiment from the blocking policy. Men and women defending Ukraine will be allowed to have accounts on the Meta platform, and content published by others regarding the Azov Regiment will no longer be removed. Provided it does not violate Meta’s policies.