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Facebook to ban content material that denies or distorts the Holocaust

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Facebook stated on Monday it was updating its hate speech coverage to ban any content material that denies or distorts the Holocaust.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier stated that whereas he discovered Holocaust denial offensive, he didn’t assume Facebook ought to delete such content material. This summer season, nevertheless, civil rights teams organised a boycott to attempt to stress social media firms to behave in opposition to hate speech on their platforms.
“I’ve struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and the harm caused by minimizing or denying the horror of the Holocaust. 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”, Zuckerberg, who’s Jewish, stated on Monday.
The World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Committee praised the move: “For several years, the World Jewish Congress has advocated for Facebook to remove Holocaust denial content from its platform”, the group stated.
In August, Facebook banned sure anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and stereotypes, after a survey discovered almost 1 / 4 of adults within the US aged 18-39 stated they believed the Holocaust was a delusion.

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