ZUCK AND THE HOLOCAUST – Mark Zuckerberg is under attack for saying in an interview that Facebook won’t censor Holocaust denial:
Mark Zuckerberg defended the rights of Facebook users to publish Holocaust denial posts, saying he didn’t “think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong”…
Last year, the Guardian reported on internal Facebook moderation documents which suggested that the company flouted Holocaust denial laws except in countries where it was likely to be sued or prosecuted…
He said Holocaust deniers were “deeply offensive”, but “I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong … It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent. I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly.”
Zuckerberg said offensive speech can cross a line and face removal when it is harassing or endangering people: “We are moving towards the policy of misinformation that is aimed at or going to induce violence, we are going to take down … If it’s going to result in real harm, real physical harm, or if you’re attacking individuals, then that content shouldn’t be on the platform.”
Facebook will on the other hand censor conservatives.
Personally, I find Holocaust denial wrong, abhorrent and deeply offensive, but I don’t believe it should be banned, like several European countries do at the moment. Nor, for that matter, should gulag denial or Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide, or any other offensive historical view. One of the great things about freedom of speech is that instantly helps you to identify who the idiots and the tools are out there and to treat them accordingly.