Sooooooo. Just how powerful is the narrative machine? Is it just by chance that we've gone from this in March of 2018:
To this on Feb. 24, 2022:
https://theintercept.com/2022/02/24/...talion-russia/FACEBOOK ALLOWS PRAISE OF NEO-NAZI UKRAINIAN BATTALION IF IT FIGHTS RUSSIAN INVASION
According to internal policy materials reviewed by The Intercept, Facebook will “allow praise of the Azov Battalion when explicitly and exclusively praising their role in defending Ukraine OR their role as part of the Ukraine’s National Guard.” Internally published examples of speech that Facebook now deems acceptable include “Azov movement volunteers are real heroes, they are a much needed support to our national guard”; “We are under attack. Azov has been courageously defending our town for the last 6 hours”; and “I think Azov is playing a patriotic role during this crisis.”
The materials stipulate that Azov still can’t use Facebook platforms for recruiting purposes or for publishing its own statements and that the regiment’s uniforms and banners will remain as banned hate symbol imagery, even while Azov soldiers may fight wearing and displaying them. In a tacit acknowledgement of the group’s ideology, the memo provides two examples of posts that would not be allowed under the new policy: “Goebbels, the Fuhrer and Azov, all are great models for national sacrifices and heroism” and “Well done Azov for protecting Ukraine and it’s white nationalist heritage.”
To this just two days ago:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-comrades.htmlThousands of soldiers from Ukraine's Azov regiment gather to watch a Viking longboat burn at ceremony in memory of their fallen comrades
Thousands of Ukraine's Azov soldiers have performed a traditional viking longboat burning ceremony to honour their fallen comrades killed by Russian troops.
The battalion, whose final stand fiercely defending the Azovstal steel plant in the Siege of Mariupol drew praise from around the world, gathered in the Rivne region of Ukraine for the touching tribute.
Stunning images show a replica of a Drakkar viking ship going up in flames on the river as row upon row of soldiers look on solemnly.