Facebook bans Holocaust denial, distortion posts

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Facebook bans publications that deny or distort the Holocaust and will begin to direct people to authoritative sources if they seek information about the Nazi genocide. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new policy on Monday, the company’s latest attempt to take action against conspiracy theories and disinformation ahead of the US presidential election.

The move comes amid a push by Holocaust survivors around the world over the summer who have lent their voices to a campaign targeting Zuckerberg, urging him to take action to suppress negation messages from the Holocaust of social media. site. Coordinated by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the #NoDenyingIt campaign used Facebook himself to bring the survivors’ pleas to Zuckerberg, posting one video a day urging him to remove groups, pages and posts that deny the Holocaust as hate speech.

Zuckerberg said in a blog post on Monday that he believes the new policy strikes the “right balance” in drawing the line between what is and what is not acceptable speech. “I struggled with the tension between standing up for free speech and the harm done by downplaying or denying the horror of the Holocaust,” he wrote. “My own thinking evolved as I saw data showing an increase in anti-Semitic violence, as did our broader hate speech policies.” Zuckerberg had raised the ire of the New York-based Claims Conference and others with comments in 2018 on the site Tech Web Recode that posts denying the Nazi annihilation of 6 million Jews would not necessarily be deleted. He said he did not believe Holocaust deniers were “intentionally” wrong, and that as long as the posts did not call for harm or violence, even offensive content should be protected.

After an uproar, Zuckerberg, who is himself Jewish, clarified that if he personally found “Holocaust denial deeply offensive,” he believed that “the best way to combat offensive bad speech is with a good speech”.

News Highlights:

  • Coordinated by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the #NoDenyingIt campaign used Facebook himself to bring the survivors’ pleas to Zuckerberg, posting one video a day urging him to remove groups, pages and posts that deny the Holocaust as hate speech. Zuckerberg said in a blog post Monday that he believes the new policy strikes the “right balance” in drawing the line between what is and what is not acceptable speech.
  • Facebook prohibits negationism and distortion of messages
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