Zuckerberg: Facebook won't ban Holocaust deniers


So I'm Jewish, and there's a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened.

If something is deemed to be fake, he said, it might remain on the site but it would be pushed down in the news feed so fewer people would see it.

"At the end of the day, I don't believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong", Zuckerberg told Swisher.

"I do think it's fair to say that we were probably... we were too focused on just the positives and not focused enough on some of the negatives".

He went on to compare conspiracy theories to people who simply misspeak.

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"Sometimes countries may have laws on the books - this is certainly true in the United States, I can say as an American lawyer - that are really out of date with how that culture thinks about speech, that are no longer enforced".

His comments drew immediate condemnation on social media, in the press, and among civil rights activists. "Facebook has a moral and ethical obligation not to allow its dissemination".

Jonathan Greenblatt, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, challenged Facebook's policy on holocaust denialism. "I think that the alternative, frankly, is going to be the Chinese companies".

His remarks on that matter attracted backlash that resulted in the CEO later issuing a statement to the site to clarify his words.

He said that messages accusing victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting of being liars would be taken down for harassment, but added that not all factually incorrect posts would receive the same treatment.

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Mr Zuckerberg said: "Let's take this closer to home".

"Reducing the distribution of misinformation-rather than removing it outright-strikes the right balance between free expression and a safe and authentic community", Facebook said in a statement. The company said that in coming months it will change its policies to allow the social network to remove certain types of misinformation that contribute to physical harm.

The rest of the podcast saw Zuckerberg clarify that Facebook does not sell data, discuss the site's current ban in China and explain what he calls his "responsibility to build the things that give people a voice and help people connect".

When asked about evidence that has surfaced regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Zuckerberg stated that Facebook has identified Russian hacking group APT28 trying traditional methods like "phishing people's accounts" in the middle of 2015 and notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The new tactic being spread through the global social network was tested in Sri Lanka, which was recently rocked by inter-religious over false information posted on the world's leading online social network.

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