Facebook ‘actively promoting’ posts that back Holocaust denial
FACEBOOK has been accused of “actively promoting” Holocaust denial posts to its users, in a study of posts on the social network.
The Institute for Strategic Dialogue published research that found 415 Facebook posts denying that the Holocaust took place.
The posts were made by 283 pages and groups on Facebook and had been shared on the site more than 10,000 times.
Facebook posts reviewed by the ISD included false claims that “not one single Jew died in a gas chamber” and that some information about the impact of the Holocaust had been “exaggerated quite a bit”.
Facebook pages and groups which contained the Holocaust denial posts had 366,000 followers and members, with one group alone having 88,000 members.
Researchers claimed that viewing some Facebook pages and groups resulted in recommendations for pages about David Irving, the prominent Holocaust denier, as well as sites selling Holocaust denial literature.
The research also found 2,300 posts on social media website Reddit and 19,000 posts on Twitter that mentioned the “holohoax”, a popular term among Holocaust deniers.
The institute said Reddit had been able to hide many Holocaust denial posts on its site because of a policy of banning certain communities and deletion of comments.
A Facebook spokesman said: “We take down any post that celebrates, defends, or attempts to justify the Holocaust. The same goes for any content that mocks Holocaust victims, accuses victims of lying, spews hate, or advocates for violence against Jewish people in any way.
“While we do not take down content simply for being untruthful, many posts that deny the Holocaust often violate our policies against hate speech and are removed. In countries where it is illegal, such as Germany, France and Poland, this content is not allowed in accordance with the law.”
A Twitter spokesman said: “As outlined in the Twitter Rules, we do not tolerate targeted instances of hateful conduct, including making references to violent events or types of violence where protected categories were the primary victims, or attempts to deny or diminish such events.
“We also have a robust glorification of violence policy in place, and take action against content that glorifies or praises the Holocaust.”
A Reddit spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.