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Facebook Is Banning Holocaust Denial Content Amid Rise In Anti-Semitism

Facebook Is Banning Holocaust Denial Content Amid Rise In Anti-Semitism

Facebook will now ban any content that relates to or mentions Holocaust denial.

The social media site has been shocked to see a rise in discrimination against Jewish people as well as the number of people who appear to not know what happened.

The new policy 'is supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people'.

Facebook will now ban any post that denies or downplays the significance of the genocide of Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Europe during the Second World War. Around six million Jews were killed, along with many other maligned groups, in a systematic and mass scale program that attempted to exert Aryan dominance in the region.

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For whatever reason, there have been enough people on Facebook trying to claim that those events didn't happen or didn't occur on the scale that the history books report.

In a post on Facebook on Monday, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: "I've struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and the harm caused by minimising 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."

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It's an interesting turn of events after he said two years ago that while Holocaust denialism was offensive, he didn't believe it should be deleted from the site.

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Holocaust survivors joined a campaign earlier this year encouraging Zuckerberg to change his mind and it appears it's had the desired effect.

In addition to banning content that will now violate their policy on Holocaust content, Facebook will direct users to credible and reliable information on the events that played out in the 1930s and '40s.

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The decision has won praise with Jewish groups around the world.

The World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Committee said: "For several years, the World Jewish Congress has advocated for Facebook to remove Holocaust denial content from its platform."

Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, added: "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."

Zuckerberg says the new policy strikes the right balance between freedom of speech and promoting content that is unnecessarily harmful and incorrect.

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