Twitter, Following Facebook, Reportedly Bans Holocaust Denial

Twitter, Following Facebook, Reportedly Bans Holocaust Denial

Top line

Twitter said Wednesday the company would remove posts denying the Holocaust, Bloomberg reported, days after Facebook also banned Holocaust denialism in a major reversal.

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Key factors

A Twitter spokesperson told Bloomberg that it would remove posts that attempt to “deny or mitigate” violent events like the Holocaust.

Although Twitter doesn’t have a specific Holocaust denial policy like Facebook, the company interprets its Hateful Conduct Policy to include them.

Twitter’s policy appears to apply to other genocides as well, which is more expansive than Facebook’s narrow policy, which only applies to the Holocaust.

Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.

Crucial quote

“We strongly condemn anti-Semitism, and hateful behavior has absolutely no place in our ministry. We have also put in place a solid policy of “glorifying violence” and taking action against content that glorifies or praises historical acts of violence and genocide, including the Holocaust, “the spokesman told Bloomberg.

Key background

The announcement by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday caused a stir because he previously defended the denial of the Holocaust on the platform. In explaining the reversal, Zuckerberg said his thinking had evolved, citing a “well-documented surge in anti-Semitism worldwide” as well as a recent poll that found that nearly half of the millennia and Generation Z also witnessed denial or Holocaust distortion on social media.

further reading

Facebook Bans Holocaust Denial In Major Reversal (Forbes)