Face­book re­moves GOP ads with sym­bol

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Face­book has re­moved cam­paign ads by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence that fea­tured an up­side-down red tri­an­gle, a sym­bol once used by Nazis to des­ig­nate po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers, com­mu­nists and oth­ers in con­cen­tra­tion camps.

The com­pany said Thurs­day that the ads vi­o­lated “our pol­icy against or­ga­nized hate.”

Trump cam­paign com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Tim Mur­taugh said the in­verted red tri­an­gle was a sym­bol com­monly used by an­tifa so it was in­cluded in an ad about an­tifa. He said the sym­bol is not 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,” he added.

An­tifa is an um­brella term for left­ist mil­i­tants bound more by be­lief than or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture. Some ex­perts dis­puted that the red tri­an­gle is used as an an­tifa sym­bol.

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