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By Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine, March 30, 2022

Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. She is the author of The Politics of Envy (Crisis Publications, 2020).

According to internal policy materials that were shared with reporters at The Intercept, Facebook has announced that it has changed its policy toward the Azov Battalion, a Ukrainian neo-Nazi military unit that had been banned from the site under its Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy. Facebook will now allow users to praise and promote the once banned battalion now that it is fighting the Russian invasion.

We can now all be “friends” with the neo-Nazi terrorist group—no matter how despicable they may be—because they are fighting against the enemy of Ukraine.

The Intercept reports that Facebook will allow users to support the Azov Battalion as long as the posts explicitly and exclusively praise the role of the neo-Nazi organization in defending Ukraine or their role as part of Ukraine’s National Guard.  …

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