Mark Zuckerberg is coming under fire for refusing to ban Holocaust deniers on Facebook. "But at the same time, I think that we have a responsibility to, when you look at... if you look at the top hundred things that are going viral or getting distribution on Facebook within any given day, I do think we have a responsibility to make sure that those aren't hoaxes and blatant misinformation".
'There were instances of misinformation that didn't violate our distinct community standards but that did contribute to physical violence in countries around the world, ' said Tessa Lyons, a product manager on Facebook's news feed, according to Wall Street Journal. That said, I don't want to leave the impression that we didn't care about security or didn't have thousands of people working on it before then. Facebook users may not advocate violence or plan criminal activities, but merely expressing incorrect opinions is permissible.
Swisher used the Sandy Hook school massacre as an example, asking Zuckerberg why Facebook would allow an organization to post a conspiracy theory that holds the killings were all staged.
Zuck elaborated a bit more, saying it's hard to "impugn" and "understand" the deniers' intent. and continued to chalk up their message as just missing the mark on the truth.
Facebook has faced criticism over the way the platform can amplify false reports and has been engaged in an advertising campaign both on- and offline declaring: "Fake new is not your friend".
"This is not a freedom of speech issue; rather, it is a question of inciting hatred against Jews, which Facebook can not and should not condone in any way", Weiss concluded.
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In his clarifying email to Swisher, he concluded, "I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech".
Zuckerberg has since introduced a number of features on the popular social media platform to refurbish the faith of its 100 million-plus user base. "I don't think that they're intentionally getting it wrong", he said.
Facebook is also taking steps to remove misinformation that could lead to people being physically harmed, following attacks on people in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar fueled by the false rumours spread on Facebook, messaging and other social media.
The Anti-Defamation League argued that Facebook had a "moral and ethical obligation" to not allow Holocaust denial on the site.
People and groups in Myanmar also experienced real-world physical violence as a effect of similar rumours spread on Facebook.
In an interview with Recode Wednesday, Facebook boss and Guy Who Would Definitely Tell on You for Putting Coke in a Free Water Cup at Taco Bell Mark Zuckerberg said he didn't "believe" the social networking site should remove Holocaust denial bullshit because perpetrators weren't necessarily intentionally denying the Holocaust which, um, what the fuck?