Zuckerberg defends rights of Facebook users to publish Holocaust denials...


Zuckerberg defends Facebook users' right to be wrong – even Holocaust deniers

 

CEO explains decision not to censor conspiracy theories but says the platform will try to ‘reduce distribution of content’
Mark Zuckerberg’s comments have reignited a debate on free speech.

Mark Zuckerberg defended the rights of Facebook users to publish Holocaust denial posts, saying he didn’t “think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong”.
In an interview with Recode published on Wednesday, the CEO also explained Facebook’s decision to allow the far-right conspiracy theory website Infowars to continue using the platform, saying the social network would try to “reduce the distribution of that content”, but would not censor the page.
Zuckerberg’s comments came the same day that Facebook announced a new policy pledging to remove misinformation used to incite physical harm.
The CEO’s remarks to Recode have reignited debates about free speech on the social network at a time when Facebook is continuing to face scrutiny over its role in spreading misinformationpropaganda and hate speech across the globe.
In the interview, the CEO noted that the Guardian had “initially pointed” this out to Facebook, saying: “And when we learned about that, we immediately shut down the app, took away his profile, and demanded certification that the data was deleted.”
It’s unclear what Zuckerberg meant by “immediately”, given that Facebook only suspended the firm and the Cambridge university researcher who harvested data in March of 2018, despite the Guardian’s reporting several years prior.
Facebook did not immediately respond to questions about Zuckerberg’s comments on Holocaust deniers and Cambridge Analytica.


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