Emojis, Nazi Symbols, & Silicon Valley

Corporate America has flung far-left to appease their detractors as usual. After several complains on Facebook that the simple red triangle used in Trump Ad Campaigns resembled a “Nazi concentration camp symbol,” the media pressed Facebook for a response and the company removed the post. This is just another example of Silicon Valley tech companies complying with requests that ultimately damage the conservatives’ use of their powerful platforms. 

These queries began from the Washington Post that prompted Facebook to deactivate the ads that included the inverted red triangle. 

A Facebook company spokesperson noted in a recent statement: “We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.”

Communications campaign director Tim Murtaugh released a statement explaining that the inverted red triangle is a symbol used by Antifa, so it was included in an ad about Antifa. He also added that Facebook still has an inverted red triangle emoji in use that looks identical to the one in the campaign ad. It’s curious they would only target this ad, when in ‘Facebook logic’, those emojis should never be posted on the site.

The use of this inverted red triangle alone is an indicator of how generic and disassociated it is with Nazis in our cultural imagination. The emojis available from both Facebook and Apple actually resemble the Nazi symbol more closely since it doesn’t have the black border on the triangle. This is just another example of a left-wing social media giant making up the rules as they go along and selectively applying them to people they don’t like and want to keep quiet. 

Inverted red triangles are found on water bottles, used on video game retailer sites, t-shirts, and other merchandise as nothing other than a cultural imagination of a shape. This is obviously bigger than Trump and is just another ‘force down your throat’ political narrative of how social media platforms want to control the content you see. 

These tech companies are fearful of bad press due to the fact that most large media and news networks are leaning far-left.  It’s the same as leftist activist groups that work against conservative posts and attract media attention to threaten the companies that speak out. The trend has been accelerated by election season, the protests, and the global pandemic at large. There is an endless cry of controversies and “a boy who cried wolf” effect on those pushing specific political narratives. 

“I think, in general, private companies probably shouldn’t be – or especially these platform companies – shouldn’t be in the position of doing that,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in reference to tweets from Trump that Twitter had flagged. It’s time that Facebook keeps defending this policy and doesn’t become the arbiter of truth in everything people say online.