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Facebook STILL spreading Holocaust denial posts and groups despite Zuckerberg’s ‘ban’ last month

Facebook STILL spreading Holocaust denial posts and groups despite Zuckerberg’s ‘ban’ last month

FACEBOOK has been accused of continuing to spread antisemitism despite last month’s ban on content that “denies or distorts the Holocaust”.

Recent research is said to have found numerous Holocaust denial Facebook pages that were still active as of mid-November.

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Last month, Facebook announced a ban on Holocaust denial[/caption]

This is according to The Markup, which also said Facebook’s algorithms continue to promote and recommend antisemitic content to people who click on the pages.

The nonprofit investigative news outlet said that this is “effectively creating a network for pushing anti-Semitic content.”

A lot of the antisemitic content found was said to be connected to infamous Holocaust denial groups that would be likely candidates for Facebook to target during its hate speech crackdown.

Facebook did not respond to The Markup’s multiple requests for comment.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to tackle to antisemitism issue on the platform[/caption]

The Sun has also reached out to the tech giant.

Vice president Monika Bickert wrote on the Facebook blogpost back on October 12: “Today we are updating our hate speech policy to prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.”

She added: “Our decision is supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people.”

However, The Markup report lists several Facebook pages that are connected to Holocaust denial.

It even highlights a fan page for Ernst Zündel.

He was a neo Nazi that wrote the book ‘The Hitler We Loved and Why’ and was notable for denying the Holocaust before his death in 2017.

Clicking on the fan page led the concerned Markup researchers to a recommended group that claimed Jews were trying to destroy the “White race” by “encouraging race mixing”.

Other disturbing recommendations were also found.

The investigation did note that successful enforcement of bans on social media can take time.

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  • In 2007, Facebook’s first targetted advertising product, Beacon, caused outrage because there was initally no opt-in option about the kinds of information users wanted to share
  • In 2009, a Federal Trade Commission investigation was triggered because Facebook users complained that the new privacy tools were too confusing and pushed users to make more of their personal information public
  • In 2010, it was revealed that advertisers were using a privacy loophole to retrieve revealing personal information about Facebook users and the company had to change its software
  • In 2011, the FTC charged Facebook with lying to customers about how their information could be kept private but making it public anyway
  • 2018 saw Facebook’s biggest privacy scandal to date with reports that Cambridge Analytica misused user data and Facebook had to admit that it had failed to protect its users

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