Facebook will eventually ban all content “that denies or distorts & rdquor; he Holocaust. After years of criticism and public pressure for allowing and even promoting the dissemination of anti-Semitic messages, the platform announced on Monday a change in its policy considering that the dissemination of messages antisemitic enter what is considered the discourse of the hate.
In a brief statement the red social explained that this decision responds to the detection of an increase in hate attacks and the intention to Facebook to fight against the spread of disinformation and extremist and intolerant discourses. “During the second quarter of the year, we removed 22.5 million hate messages worldwide and banned 250 white supremacist organizations & rdquor ;, he pointed out. Monika Bickert, Vice President of Content Policy.
Change of course
Facebook’s reaction is late. Until a few months ago the social giant commanded by Mark Zuckerberg had rejected any kind of regulation of content on the platform, ensuring that they did not want to be “an arbiter of the truth”. Thus, the argument of freedom of expression served the platform to allow the dissemination of conspiracy theories, racist and anti-Semitic messages and the grouping in chats of white supremacists. Zuckerberg himself defended in 2018 not to ban messages denying the extermination of six million Jews during the Second World War.
This summer, public pressure succeeded in forcing thousands of companies to temporarily remove their advertising from Facebook as a signal of complaint for allowing the proliferation of groups of extreme right. The armed militias that ended up killing a protester in the anti-racist protests in Kenosha, for example, had organized themselves through the social network, in which they openly explained how to kill police officers or protesters.
In recent weeks, civil pressure has grown due to fears about the role Facebook may play in the US elections on November 3, and the platform has responded by tightening its content policies. On October 6, the ban on QAnon, a complex conspiracy theory that believes Trump is waging a secret war against a deep state controlled by Democrats, Hollywood actors and pedophiles.
With this new gesture, Facebook begins to assume more responsibilities in the propagation of hateful content. However, they warn that the application of these policies “cannot happen overnight. There are a number of content that may violate these policies, and it will take some time to train our reviewers and systems on the & rdquor; app.