Twitter to join Facebook in banning Holocaust-denial content, report says

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Twitter will start removing Holocaust-denial content from its social media platform below its hateful-conduct policy, a report Wednesday mentioned. The transfer comes two days after Facebook updated its hate-speech policy to prohibit “content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.”

A spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg that Twitter will take away content material that “makes an attempt to disclaim or diminish” violent occasions such because the Holocaust.

“We strongly condemn anti-semitism, and hateful conduct has completely no place on our service,” the Twitter spokesperson advised Bloomberg. “We even have a sturdy ‘glorification of violence’ coverage in place and take motion in opposition to content material that glorifies or praises historic acts of violence and genocide, together with the Holocaust.”

Twitter did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

In addition to eradicating posts that deny the Holocaust — the World War II genocide of Europe’s Jewish inhabitants by Nazi Germany and its collaborators — Fb will later this 12 months begin directing individuals who seek for Holocaust-denial phrases to credible sources of data. 

“Our determination is supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming degree of ignorance concerning the Holocaust, particularly amongst younger folks,” Monika Bickert, Fb vp of content material coverage, mentioned in a launch Monday. In 2018, Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Holocaust-denial content shouldn’t be removed from the social media platform, as a result of he did not assume these posting it had been “deliberately getting it unsuitable.”

Roughly 6 million Jewish folks had been murdered between 1941 and 1945 in Europe through the Second World Conflict, in accordance with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Corinne Reichert