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Facebook criticized for not doing enough to enforce its Holocaust denial policy

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Twitch received the highest rating, a B, while Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and Roblox all scored C. The reason Twitch received a higher rating is that while both Twitch and Facebook have policies against Holocaust denial speech, Twitch deleted the reported posts while Facebook did not.

For example, the ADL reported a video with the caption “Holohoax”, with comments clearly denying the Holocaust. Facebook took no action, saying, “The video has been reviewed and while it does not violate any of our specific community standards, we understand that it may be offensive to you and others. . “

In recent years, Holocaust-denying content has appeared on a range of social media platforms, in large part because these companies have not been nimble enough or have not taken the problem seriously. While some platforms have finally stepped up their efforts to stop the amplification of denial, others still struggle to effectively tackle anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. This is truly shameful at a time when anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are spreading around the world, some shockingly based on the big lie that the Holocaust never happened.

Facebook said it disagreed with the ADL newsletter. “[W]We have made major strides in the fight against Holocaust denial on Facebook by implementing a new policy banning it and enforcing these hateful lies in every country in the world, “said a spokesperson for Facebook. Facebook. CNET. “We have removed the content mentioned in this report and will continue to work to prevent Holocaust denial from our platform.”

In a post published today, Facebook said that anyone searching for Holocaust or Holocaust denial terms will now receive a message directing them to credible information about the genocide. “The Holocaust was the organized persecution and murder of 6 million Jews, along with other targeted groups, by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II,” the post said. It then directs users to a website with precise information on the Holocaust.

The ADL noted that nearly half of Americans under the age of 40 had been exposed to Holocaust denial or distortion. “While some platforms have finally stepped up their efforts to stop the amplification of denial, others are still struggling to effectively tackle anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial,” said the ADL CEO, Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “This is truly shameful at a time when anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are spreading around the world, some shockingly based on the big lie that the Holocaust never happened.”

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