Jews Urge Facebook to Crack Down on “Holocaust Deniers”
Jews are demanding Facebook remove posts denying that so-called "holocaust" ever happened.
The Jews are speaking out in a social-media campaign launched by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which argues that Facebook has been too lenient towards "Holocaust deniers".
The Claims Conference plans to post a new video on Facebook each day with an old Jew urging CEO Mark Zuckerberg to rid the platform of "Holocaust denial content". The messages will also appear on Facebook-owned Instagram and Twitter.
"You must know that the Holocaust denial if hate dialogue," Kent, 91, said in his recorded message to Zuckerberg, who he said has a "moral obligation" to remove such content. "There is no denying it, and there is no propagating it."
The Claims Conference, which negotiates "Holocaust victims’" compensation payments from Germans, wants Zuckerberg to meet personally with old Jews so they can make their case for why Facebook should crack down on free speech.
The group says Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, has refused to classify "Holocaust denial" as "hate speech", pointing to his 2018 comments that deniers were not "intentionally getting it wrong." He later tried to clarify his remarks, saying "he found Holocaust denial deeply offensive" and that he did not mean to defend people who hold those views.
Facebook says it removes "Holocaust denial" content in countries that have outlawed it such as Germany, France and Poland, and monitors posts in other countries to determine whether they break its rules.
"We take down any post that celebrates, defends, or attempts to justify the Holocaust," Facebook said. "The same goes for any content that mocks Holocaust victims, accuses victims of lying about the atrocities, spews hate, or advocates for violence against Jewish people in any way."