Polish minister accuses Facebook of censorship over far-right symbol

November 7, 2016 19:58

WARSAW - Poland's digital economy minister accused Facebook of censorship on Monday after the company suspended some users' profiles for using a little-known far-right symbol.

The Falanga symbol, depicting a stylised hand holding a sword, was used by a banned radical nationalist group in the 1930s but is legal in Poland and other countries. It now serves as the logo of a far-right Polish group called ONR.The row follows a wider global dispute over Facebook's standards for removing content. Seventy rights groups asked the company in a letter last month to clarify its internal policies, which Facebook has since said it will review.

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