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Facebook has expanded the list of prohibited topics

Zuckerberg wants to find a balance between freedom of expression and combating hateful content 15.jpgFacebook has announced that it will remove from its platform all content that "denies the Holocaust or distorts information about it." The measure, "expanding FB's anti-hate speech policy," is in response to "the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism around the world and alarming levels of Holocaust ignorance, especially among young people." The company said that the implementation of the new rules "cannot happen overnight", it will take time to train the reviewers. By the end of the year, the social network will begin to redirect users to reliable information about the Holocaust.

According to the founder of the social network, Mark Zuckerberg, posts that praise hate crimes or mass murder have long been deleted on Facebook.

The head of the social network admitted that when making this decision, he was tormented by the contradictions "between the need to maintain freedom of speech and the harm caused by understating or denying the horrors of the Holocaust."

“Drawing the right line between what is and is not acceptable speech is not easy, but in the current state of the world, I believe it is the right balance,” he wrote.

The leadership also hopes that this will help spread the correct information and fight anti-Semitism, especially among young people who are often ill-informed about the Holocaust - the persecution and mass murder of representatives of various ethnic and social groups during the existence of Nazi Germany.

In the summer of 2020, Holocaust survivors launched the #NoDenyingIt campaign to urge Zuckerberg to begin blocking messages denying the mass destruction of various ethnic groups by Nazi Germany.

In 2018, the head of Facebook found himself at the center of a scandal when he said that the social network should not remove posts that deny the fact of the Holocaust. He argued that Facebook moderators cannot decide which statements are true and which are not.

Facebook previously said it would remove any group or page that openly identifies with the far-right conspiracy theorist movement. Facebook also announced restrictions on deliberate misinformation about the coronavirus.




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