By Sarah Keane •
Published: 12 Oct 2020 • 18:45
FACEBOOK to ban content that distorts or denies the Holocaust as it updates its policy on hate speech.
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who is himself Jewish, admits to having struggled in the past to find the balance between freedom of speech and the damage caused by hate speech. Only two years ago, in an interview with Redcode, Zuckerberg said that even though he found people minimising or denying the Holocaust deeply offensive, he didn’t think Facebook should remove the content.
However, in a Facebook post on Monday Zuckerberg said: “My own thinking has evolved as I’ve seen data showing an increase in antisemitic violence, as have our wider policies on hate speech.”
As well as removing the offensive content, Facebook also plan to redirect people searching for this content to credible sources.
The move has understandably been welcomed by the wider Jewish community.
“This has been years in the making. Having personally engaged with @Facebook on the issue, I can attest the ban on Holocaust Denial is a big deal,” tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League. “Glad it finally happened,” he added.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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