Oct 12, 2020

Facebook bans Holocaust denial content

Facebook has explicitly banned Holocaust denial for the first time. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg wrote that he had "Struggled with the tension" between free speech and banning such posts, but that "This is the right balance". "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 wrote in a public Facebook post. Facebook's vice-president of content policy, Monika Bickert, said the company had made the decision alongside "The well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people". "Having personally engaged with Facebook on the issue, I can attest the ban on Holocaust Denial is a big deal... glad it finally happened."

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