Facebook won’t ban Holocaust deniers, Mark Zuckerberg says

FILE – In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook developer conference in San Jose, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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Facebook can be locked in a battle against fake news, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social network is not going to be a fact checker anytime soon, going so far as to say that it is not prohibition of Holocaust deniers.

“I don’t think we should be in the business of having people on Facebook who decide what is true and what is not,” he said, during an episode of the Recode Decode podcast on Wednesday.

During the podcast, Zuckerberg also discussed misinformation about the Sandy Hook shooting, as well as Facebook in the processing of the content of Holocaust-deniers. “I’m Jewish, and there is a group of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” he explained. “I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I do not believe that our platform should be that down because I think that there are things that different people wrong.”


“I don’t think that it is the right thing to say, ‘We’re going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even several times.” he added. “What we do is that we will say: ‘Okay, you have your page, and if you don’t try to organize evil against someone, or attacking someone, then you can use that content on your page, even if people might disagree or find it offensive.’ But that does not mean that we have a responsibility to the large-scale spread in the News Feed.”

The comments drew a lot of attention, ask Zuckerberg to send a clarification e-mail to Swisher Wednesday. “Personally, I find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely did not intend to defend the intention of people who deny that,” he wrote, according to a Recode report. “Our goal with fake news is not to prevent someone from saying something is false — but to stop fake news and spreading misinformation about our services.”

The Facebook chief made the podcast notes in the middle of the continuous waves of the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential elections and the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal.

Fake news remains an ongoing battle for the social media giant. “I actually think that one of the things that we try to do is figure out how to strengthen and build up other institutions around us that are important, and can help to figure out these new themes on the internet,” Zuckerberg told Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher.

Facebook is the strengthening of efforts to combat the spread of fake news on its platform, the forging of partnerships with fact-checkers in a process that makes use of machine learning technology and the human raters. The actual reviews of the potential for false news to be carried out by people according to Facebook.

Stories with false information, can be marked with a blue button and pressed to users’ news feeds. If in violation of Facebook’s code of conduct, the content can be completely removed.


Facebook announced a strategy to combat false news in December 2016, making it easier for users to report fake news when they see it and make use of fact checking.

“Someone has the job to do that. The society needs to have people who you can trust, and who shall say, to fat things fairly, and say: ‘this is probably false,” Zuckerberg said during the podcast. “I think there’s a role to help with the build of an ecosystem, and support the ecosystem.”

On the website of the social network says working with third-party fact-checkers in a “non-partisan international fact-checking network.” Organisations in the network the Associated Press and Agence France Presse.


In 2017, the company also updated its systems to make it harder for fake news to be spread and to eliminate fake accounts.

Facebook remains firmly in the political spotlight. On Tuesday, an executive of the company apologized for the treatment of pro-Trump social media star Diamond and Silk. “We have badly mistreated our communication with them,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, told the House Judiciary Committee, according to the New York Post.

The hearing was focused on the question of whether tech giants such as Facebook censoring conservative voices on their platforms.


In the united kingdom, governments are looking to the inappropriate use of data collected by the now-defunct political consultant Cambridge Analytica of millions of Facebook users say that some of the systems approached with the material seem to be in Russia, or a group of former Soviet states.

The Information Commissioner’s Office, which is investigating the google analytics data by political campaigns, said in a statement Wednesday that “some of the systems linked to the research were contacted from IP addresses that seem to solve in Russia and other parts of the (Commonwealth of Independent States.)”

Fox News’ Bree Tracey and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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