Facebook to allow Holocaust denial on its site

In a letter, Facebook VP Joel Kaplan makes clear that the site won’t “remove lies or content that is inaccurate” and that includes “denying the Holocaust.”

Facebook intends to allow Holocaust denial on its platform, so long as it doesn’t advocate “violence against Jewish people in any way,” according to a letter written by Joel Kaplan, Vice President for Global Public Policy at Facebook and obtained by Jewish Insider.

“I want to underscore that Facebook rejects hate,” Kaplan writes. “We take down any content that celebrates, defends, or attempts to justify the Holocaust. The same goes for any content that mocks Holocaust victims, accuses victims of lying about the atrocities, spews hate, or advocates for violence against Jewish people in any way. As you can imagine, posts and articles that deny the Holocaust often violate one or more of these standards and are removed from Facebook.”

But Kaplan makes clear that Facebook will “not remove lies or content that is inaccurate — whether it’s denying the Holocaust, the Armenian massacre, or the fact that the Syrian government has killed hundreds of thousands of its own people. This is because we do believe that people should be able to say things on Facebook that are wrong or inaccurate, even when they are offensive.”

The letter dated April 9 and addressed to Paul Packer, Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, responds to an inquiry about whether the social network would allow Holocaust denial on its site, in light of its recent ban on “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism.”

Mr. Packer declined to comment on the letter.

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