Facebook has deleted a post from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali that called on citizens to take up arms and “bury the terrorist TPLF.”
The social media giant said the post violated its policies against inciting and supporting violence.
Forces from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), who have been fighting the Ethiopian government for a year, have been capturing key towns in recent days, and were said to be moving toward Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.
The post by Abiy Ahmed on Sunday called on citizens to take up arms and stop them from besieging the capital, warning that their advance was pushing the country to its “demise.”
A spokesperson for Facebook told the BBC that they “were made aware of a post by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and removed this for violating our policies against inciting and supporting violence.”
“At Meta, we remove content from individuals or organizations that violates our Community Standards, no matter who they are,” the spokesperson said, using Facebook’s newly rebranded name ‘Meta’.
Thousands of people have died and tens of thousands have been displaced in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, since the war broke out on November 4, 2020.
On Tuesday, U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman called on all sides to lay down their weapons and negotiate, warning that a civil war in Ethiopia will be devastating, and may last up to 20 years .
Abiy Ahmed, who won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, has rejected all efforts by the United States and others to resolve the tensions through peaceful means and has been accused of using food as a weapon of war.