Facebook has said it was upgrading its hate speech coverage to prohibit any content which denies or distorts the Holocaust.
The move comes two years following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a 2018 interview with technology site Recode that while he found Holocaust denial profoundly offensive, he didn’t think Facebook should delete such content.
“I’ve struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and the harm caused by minimizing or denying the horror of the Holocaust,” explained Zuckerberg, who’s Jewish, at a Facebook post on Monday.
“My own thinking has evolved as I’ve seen data showing an increase in anti-Semitic violence, as have our wider policies on hate speech,” he said.
The social networking giant said that, starting later this year, it would also direct people looking for terms associated with the Holocaust or its denial to credible information off Facebook.
The World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Committee commended the move.
“For several years, the World Jewish Congress has advocated for Facebook to remove Holocaust denial content from its platform,” that team said in a statement.
This summer, civil rights groups organized a prevalent Facebook advertising boycott to attempt to pressure social media companies to act against hate speech in their own platforms.
Having personally engaged with @Facebook on the issue, I can attest the ban on Holocaust Denial is a big deal,” tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, among the boycott’s organizers. “Glad it finally happened,” he added.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany has also pushed for Facebook to ban Holocaust denial content, and it has called for Mr Zuckerberg to meet with natives via its #NoDenyingIt social networking campaign.
In August, Facebook banned particular anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and theories.
In its blog post, the business cited a recent poll that found almost a quarter of adults in the US aged 18-39 stated they thought the Holocaust was a myth, which it was exaggerated or they weren’t sure.
The business stated that enforcement of its policies wouldn’t “happen overnight.”
“There is a range of content that can violate these policies, and it will take some time to train our reviewers and systems on enforcement,” it stated.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in Birmingham, England. Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru. Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Nick Zieminski.
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