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Facebook has removed a campaign ad by US 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 Associated Press (AP) reported early morning of June 19, 2020 in Manila. The company said in a statement Thursday that the ads violated "our policy against organized hate." A Facebook executive who testified at a House intelligence committee hearing on Thursday said the company does not permit symbols of hateful ideology "unless they're put up with context or condemnation."

"In a situation where we don't see either of those, we don't allow it on the platform, and we remove it. That's what we saw in this case with this ad, and anywhere that that symbol is used, we would take the same action," said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, as reported by AP and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) in Toronto.

The Trump campaign spent more than $10,000 US on the ads, which began running on Wednesday and targeted men and women of all ages across the United States, though primarily in Texas, California and Florida.

"Whether aware of the history or meaning, for the Trump campaign to use a symbol — one which is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps — to attack his opponents is offensive and deeply troubling," Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

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