Facebook is taking action on material that “rejects or distorts the Holocaust.” It prohibited such material under its upgraded hate speech policy.
“Our decision is supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s VP of content policy, wrote in a blog post. “According to a recent survey of adults in the US aged 18-39, almost a quarter said they believed the Holocaust was a myth, that it had been exaggerated or they weren’t sure.”
It’s Facebook’s newest effort to stamp out anti-Semitism. The company just recently prohibited “stereotypes about the cumulative power of Jews that often illustrates them running the world or its major organizations,” as Bickert mentioned.
Facebook has been dealing with international and local groups such as the World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Committee for several years to much better understand how hatred is communicated online. The business has likewise teamed up with companies that tackle anti-Semitism, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
It’ll take a while prior to Facebook can efficiently police this ban, Bickert wrote. The business will require to train its material reviewers and systems on how to take on such content, as there’s a wide range of material that would breach the rules. Later this year, Facebook will begin directing people who look for terms linked to Holocaust denial or the atrocity in general to “trustworthy details” from third-party sources.