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

by Joseph K. Clark

Twitch received the highest grade, a B, while Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and Roblox got Cs. Twitch got a higher mark because while Twitch and Facebook have policies against Holocaust denial speech, Twitch took down reported posts while Facebook did not.

For example, the ADL reported a “Holohoax” video with comments clearly denying the Holocaust. Facebook took no action, stating, “The video was reviewed, and though it doesn’t go against one of our specific Community Standards, we understand that it may be offensive to you and others.”

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In recent years, content denying the Holocaust has appeared on various social media platforms, mainly because those companies have not been nimble enough or taken the issue seriously. While some outlets have finally stepped up their efforts to stop the amplification of denial, others are still struggling to address antisemitism and Holocaust denial effectively. This is genuinely shameful at a time when antisemitic conspiracy theories are spreading globally, some outrageously based on the big lie that the Holocaust never happened.

Facebook said it disagreed with the ADL’s report card. “[W] I’ve made major progress in fighting Holocaust denial on Facebook by implementing a new policy prohibiting it and enforcing against these hateful lies in every country around the world,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNET. “We’ve removed the content mentioned in this report and will continue working to keep Holocaust denial off of our platform.”

In a post that went up today, Facebook said that anyone searching for Holocaust or Holocaust denial terms will now receive a message directing them to credible genocide information. “The Holocaust was the organized persecution and killing of 6 million Jewish people, alongside other targeted groups, by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II,” the message states. It then directs users to visit a website with accurate Holocaust information.

The ADL noted that nearly half of Americans under 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 address antisemitism and Holocaust denial effectively,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “This is truly shameful at a time when antisemitic conspiracy theories are spreading globally, some outrageously based on the big lie that the Holocaust never happened.”

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