Holocaust-Denying Facebook Groups Run Rampant
The UK-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue, an anti-extremist organization, scoured the social-media site and discovered at least 36 groups with a combined 366,068 followers hosting content denying the Nazi genocide.
The ISD also found that searching for “Holocaust” on Facebook returned suggestions for groups denying the atrocity, which in turn linked to publishers peddling revisionist history literature.
“Facebook’s decision to allow Holocaust denial content to remain on its platform is framed under the guise of protecting legitimate historical debate, but this misses the reason why people engage in Holocaust denial in the first place,” Jacob Davey, ISD’s senior research manager, said.
“Denial of the Holocaust is a deliberate tool used to delegitimize the suffering of the Jewish people and perpetuate long-standing antisemitic tropes, and when people explicitly do this it should be seen as an act of hatred,” he added.
Facebook and other social media sites have been increasingly scrutinized for their policies over misinformation spread on their platforms.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been particularly outspoken on his reservations about policing content, saying that social media sites should not “be arbiters of truth.” (NYP / VFI News)
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. —Proverbs 12:22
“God, we ask that you protect us all from misinformation—that we would see with the clarity that you bring us through Your word, and that we would spread the truth of Your love.”