A giant logo is seen at the Facebook headquarters in London, Uk, 4 December 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville – RC140919E620
Facebook apologized after removing a message from the Anne Frank Center, which was seeking to raise awareness of the Holocaust and depicted children who have been stripped naked and starved by the Nazis.
The tech company’s algorithms, which have come under fire for the removal of content that was later deemed not to be in conflict with its own policy, was not able to distinguish between child nudity and a historical atrocity.
A few hours after the Centre took to Twitter to complain on Aug. 27, that it did not receive a direct response from Facebook for six days, the social network reinstated the post.
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In a response posted online, Facebook said: “We will bring your post back up and sent you a message on FB. We are no nude pictures of children on FB, but we know that this is an important image of the historical significance, and we have restored. Sorry, and thank you for bringing it to our attention.”
Organizations that promote the awareness of the Nazi regime actions hit CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent statements that seemed to justify allowing Holocaust deniers on his social network (he later clarified his remarks and backtracked).
Still, Facebook’s moderators have had trouble in the past telling the difference between legitimate newsworthy photos and child nudity.
In 2016, Facebook removed and then, after a revolt, later, allowed, images of the iconic 1972 image of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam.
A spokesman of the Centre specifically referred to Facebook previous failure what Holocaust-deniers on its platform.
“We understand the difficulty in assessing the context of any potentially controversial content. That said, it would not have taken us in the public to call on Facebook to recover from our post. Hopefully Facebook can revise their protocols,” said Alexandra Devitt in a statement to Fox News, adding that the Centre has offered to work with the tech giant on combating the dissemination of hate.
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Fox News reached Facebook for comment and will update this story as needed.
Devitt continues: “While Facebook removes the AFC post promoting the need for education on the past, it continues to allow pages and posts that directly deny the reality of the death of more than six million people.”
According to a survey, almost one-third of Americans and more than 4-in-10 millennials believe that significantly less than 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, while 45 percent of Americans can’t even name one of the 40,000 concentration camps that existed in Europe at that time.
Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.