Facebook will ban content that denies the Holocaust

The social network Facebook announced this Monday that will prohibit content that denies or contains distorted information about the Holocaustin response to what he considered “rise in anti-Semitism.”

“We have long removed posts that praise hate crimes or mass murder, including the Holocaust,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his profile on the social network.

“But with the rise of anti-Semitism,” he continued, “we are expanding our policy to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.”

Specifically, Zuckerberg pointed out that The update of its hate policy prohibits “Holocaust denial”.

“If people search for the Holocaust on Facebook, we will start directing them to authoritative sources for accurate information,” added the CEO of the Menlo Park (California, USA) company.

Zuckerberg admitted that he has struggled with the tension “between defending free speech and the harm caused by minimizing or denying the horror of the Holocaust.”

However, he admitted that his opinion “has evolved as he saw data showing an increase in anti-Semitic violence.”

“Drawing the right lines between what is and what is not acceptable speech is not easy, but with the current state of the world, I think this is the right balance,” he defended.

On August 11, Facebook, the social network with the most users in the world, reported that it eliminated more than double the amount of content considered hateful between April and June than in the previous quarter.

Between April and June, Facebook removed 22.5 million hate messages against different human groups worldwide, compared to the 9.6 million it removed between January and March.

It attributed this increase to the expansion of its automation technology to Spanish, Arabic and Indonesian languages, as well as the improvement of tools in English.

In addition to the hate messages, the technology firm deleted more than 7 million pieces between April and June that it considered contained false information about Covid-19, such as supposed preventive measures without a medical basis or cures that experts maintain could result. dangerous.

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