Facebook announced Monday that it would remove any post denying or falsifying the Holocaust. Longtime co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg Facebook post said social media site is updating its hate speech policy to ban Holocaust denial posts.
“We have long removed posts praising hate crimes or mass murder, including the Holocaust. But with the rise of anti-Semitism, we are expanding our policy to ban any content that denies or even distorts the Holocaust. If people are looking for the Holocaust Facebook, we will begin directing you to authoritative sources to obtain accurate information, “Zuckerberg wrote in his post.
Zuckerberg also added that he struggled with the tension between defending freedom of expression and the damage caused by reducing or denying the horror of the Holocaust. “My thinking evolved as I saw data showing an increase in anti-Semitic violence, as well as our broader policies on hate speech. Drawing the right lines between what is and is not an acceptable discourse is not easy, but with the current state of the world, I believe this is the right balance, “he added.
According to The Verge, Facebook has been in the eye of the storm for allowing Holocaust denial content to be shared freely on its platform.
Facebook said in a statement that it removed 22.5 million hate speeches from their platform in the second quarter of this year. However, after several consultations with experts, the social media giant has decided to ban anti-Semitic stereotypes about the collective power of Jews.
“Today’s announcement marks another step in our commitment to combat hatred in our services. Our decision is supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people. According to a recent survey of adults in the United States between the ages of 18 and 39, nearly a quarter said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, that it was exaggerated, or they weren’t sure. ” , VP of Content Policy, Facebook he said in a blog.
However, Bickert also said that implementing these policies takes time. “The application of these policies cannot happen overnight. There is a number of content that can violate these policies and it will take time to train our auditors and systems on the application. We are grateful to many partners for their input and openness as we work to keep our platform secure, “he said.
Facebook announced Monday that it would remove any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.
- Mark Zuckerberg said social media site is updating its hate speech policy to ban Holocaust denial posts.
- Facebook said in a statement that it had removed 22.5 million hate speeches from their platform.
- Facebook has been in the eye of the storm for allowing Holocaust denial content to be shared freely on its platform.