ADL: Holocaust denial still widespread on Facebook, despite ban imposed a year ago
The Anti-Defamation League has said that a year after Facebook banned Holocaust denial on the platform, âapp flawsâ remain that allow deniers to spread hate speech.
While Facebook has banned some search terms related to Holocaust denial, others remain available, showing videos and pages.
“There is still a lot of denial on Facebook,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said this week. “We urge the platform to take additional steps to address these flaws in the app as well as to ensure that the ban is enforced more consistently across the platform.”
The ADL noted that content that it has flagged in several instances as denying the Holocaust has not been affected by the platform.
He also said that groups that deal with conspiracy theories, but not exclusively Holocaust denial, also traffic denial allegations.
âAs the ADL has explained to Facebook for years, denial is hate speech. It is the deliberately anti-Semitic attempt to claim that the Holocaust never happened or that a much smaller number of Jews died, âGreenblatt said. âThis offensive content causes pain and harm to Jews, especially at a time when anti-Semitic incidents are of growing concern. “
Over the past year, Facebook has increasingly focused on combating Holocaust denial, removing offensive content and directing people looking for information about the Holocaust to specific information about the Holocaust. third, using the same approach it took to tackle election misinformation and COVID-19.