Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Facebook Will Ban Holocaust Denial

Yesterday Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is updating its hate speech policy to ban Holocaust denial on its platform. He said in part:

[W]ith rising anti-Semitism, we're expanding our policy to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust...

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.

NPR has more on the decision.