Otago Daily Times

Holo­caust pol­icy tight­ened

- Hate Speech · Facebook · Mark Zuckerberg · United States of America · Social Media · Birmingham, Michigan

BIRM­ING­HAM: Face­book yes­ter­day said it was up­dat­ing its hate speech pol­icy to ban any con­tent that de­nied or dis­torted the Holo­caust.

The move came two years af­ter Face­book chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Zucker­berg said in an in­ter­view that while he found Holo­caust de­nial deeply of­fen­sive, he did not think Face­book should delete such con­tent.

‘‘I’ve strug­gled with the ten­sion be­tween stand­ing for free ex­pres­sion and the harm caused by min­imis­ing or deny­ing the hor­ror of the Holo­caust,’’ Zucker­berg, who is Jewish, said in a Face­book post yes­ter­day.

‘‘My own think­ing has evolved as I’ve seen data show­ing an in­crease in anti­Semitic vi­o­lence, as have our wider poli­cies on hate speech,’’ he said.

The so­cial me­dia com­pany said that, start­ing later this year, it would also di­rect peo­ple search­ing for terms as­so­ci­ated with the Holo­caust or its de­nial to cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion off Face­book.

In its blog post, Face­book cited a re­cent sur­vey that found al­most a quar­ter of adults in the US aged 18­39 said they be­lieved the Holo­caust was a myth, that it had been ex­ag­ger­ated or they were not sure. — Reuters

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