Facebook writes that they updated their rules of hate propaganda and will now ban all content that in any way denies or distorts the Holocaust, the genocide in which about 6 million Jews were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany between 1941 and 1945. The latest decision, Facebook writes, is the result of a year of deliberation with external experts.
A study conducted by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, ISD, which was published Earlier this year showed that if you searched for Förintenlsen on Facebook, you got suggestions to go to pages that deny the historical event.
Facebook also recently banned anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews secretly ruling the world. The site has recently also removed over 250 white power groups and updated its policy for military groups and the Qanon conspiracy theory. During the second quarter of 2020, Facebook removed 22.5 million posts classified as hate propaganda.
Facebook says that the introduction of the new rules will at the same time take time in connection with reviewers and systems now being trained. Later this year, users searching for content related to the Holocaust or its denial on Facebook will also be referred to qualified sources outside of Facebook.
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